Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Violae
Common English: Violet
Yedoen’s Violet
Yedo Violet
Tokyo Violet
Earth Spike
Purple Earth Spike
Arrowhead Herb
Corydalis Bungeana
Herbs That Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs That Clear Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Diseases
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat and relieves Fire toxicity

Chuang Yung (hot swellings), especially red, hot, swollen eyes; swollen, painful throat and ears; mumps and snakebite, breasts, intestines

Clears hot sores (Chuang Yung) internally and externally

Sores and abscesses, especially of the head and back

  • Contraindicated for those with slow-growing swellings that have not yet come to a head.
  • Do not use for Deficiency Cold.
  • Caution for those with Yin type sores.

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying

Pustules on the fingertips (snakehead furuncles), red thread furuncles (lymphangitis), carbuncles and other red swellings.

Strengthens the effect of the previous combination.

Breast abscesses, furuncles, boils and carbuncles and Damp-Heat jaundice.

Lin Syndrome.

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua
Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua

Red, swollen and painful eyes due to Liver Heat.

Red, swollen, painful eyes due to Liver Heat.

Various toxic swellings such as erysipelas, abscesses and deep-rooted sores.

  1. Violet is an old folk remedy that has become standard in many modern Chinese herb formulas to treat Heat and toxins.
  2. Apply externally to drain abscesses.
  3. This herb is said to treat tuberculosis and cancer.
  4. Both Zi Hua Di Ding and Hb. Taraxaci Pu Gong Ying are bitter, cold, resolve toxicity and treat Yang type sores and toxic swellings. Zi Hua Di Ding cools the Blood and excels at resolving toxicity and is more effective in treating deep-set toxic sores and carbuncles. It also assists in then treatment of snakebite. Pu Gong Ying excels at descending and dispersing stagnant Qi and is particularly effective at treating breast abscesses.