Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Euphorbiae Helioscopiae
Common English: Sun Spurge
Herbs that Drain Dampness (Diuretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Toxic
Small Intestine
Large Intestine
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Promotes urination, reduces edema and disperses swelling

Water Retention in the Heart, Liver and Kidneys

Edema of the upper abdomen, face, eye and extremities, nephritis

Malaria, dysentery, beriberi


Resolves Phlegm and stops cough

Lung Heat with Phlegm and mucus

Pulmonary emphysema due to Heart malfunction, cough, asthmatic cough-induced retention of Phlegm and Fluid, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, stridor

Transforms Phlegm and disperses nodules

Lymphosarcoma, scrofula, toothache, scabies, hemorrhoids, osteomyelitis, tubercular bone tumors, periostitis, granuloma

  • Contraindicated for those with Qi and Blood Deficiency.
  • Over dosage and long-term use must be strictly avoided.
  • Direct contact with the skin and mucus membranes may cause irritation, redness and discomfort.

Hb. Houttuyniae
Yu Xing Cao
Rx. Peucedani
Qian Hu

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Rx. Asteris
Zi Wan

Fr. Jujube
Da Zao

Lung-Heat-induced cough and wheezing due to Thin Mucus Cough and wheezing due to Thin Mucus with edema In pill form for ascites and edema

Rz. Alismatis
Ze Xie
Poria Rubra
Chi Fu Ling
Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia

Rz. Cynanchi Stauntonii
Bai Qian
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao


Fluid Stagnation Cough and wheezing with sputum


  1. This herb may be made into an ointment and applied topically for scropfular lesions that have ulcerated and are seeping.
  2. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.