Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Stellariae
Common English: Stellaria Root
Starwort Root
Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs that Clear Deficiency Heat
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cold
Tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Deficiency Heat

Yin Deficient Fire with steaming bone disorder or any Yin Deficient fever

Clears Heat and reduces childhood nutritional impairment

Childhood nutritional impairment due to accumulation with Heat with fever and thirst

Cools the Blood and stops bleeding

Bleeding due to Blood Heat, bleeding hemorrhoids

Residual Heat from late stage febrile disease
  • Contraindicated for those with Blood Deficiency without Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with Wind-Cold.

Rz. Picrorhizae
Hu Huang Lian
Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia

Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen


Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rz. Picrorhizae
Hu Huang Lian

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia

Steaming bone disorder due to Blood Deficiency.

Lingering Heat with recurrent afternoon fevers or hematemesis, epistaxis, and excessive uterine bleeding due to Heat in the Blood.

Fever, emaciation, thirst, and red eyes due to Liver chronic childhood nutritional impairment.

Deficiency Heat without sweating.

Febrile disorders with tidal fevers, a thin body and dry skin and nails.

Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi
Hb. Artemisiae Annuae
Qing Hao
Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia



Yin Deficiency Heat with night sweats and steaming bone sensations.



  1. This is a fine herb for treating consumption and childhood nutritional impairment.
  2. It is ideal for entering deep into the Yin level to treat muscle-layer Heat or steaming bones from Deficiency.
  3. Both Yin Chai Hu and Rx. Bupleuri Chai Hu clear Heat but are otherwise unrelated. Yin Chai Hu cools and reduces Heat due specifically to Deficiency and has no raising quality. Chai Hu vents and cools exterior Heat, has the ability to raise and excels at treating alternating chills and fever, but cannot clear Heat from Deficiency or treat childhood nutritional impairment.
  4. Both Yin Chai Hu and Hb. Artemisiae Annuae Qing Hao cool the Blood and reduce steaming bones. Qing Hao is acrid, fragrant, vents warm pathogens outward from the Yin level to the Yang level and is most appropriate for Heat at night which cools in the morning due to Ying Level injury by warm pathogen. It also resolves summerheat and treats alternating chills and fever of malarial disorders. Yin Chai Hu does not clear Heat by venting, but does treat Heat due to childhood nutritional impairment.
  5. Yin Chai Hu, Hb Artemisiae Annuae Qing Hao, and Rx. Cynanchi Atrati Bai Wei all clear pathogenic Heat. Qing Hao does not cool the Lungs or facilitate urination. Rx. Stellariae Yin Chai Hu does not vent Heat or vent Blood Heat outward, but only cools Blood Heat internally.