Commonly Used Chinese Herb Formulas with Illustrations: Coptis and Scute Combination (Huang Lian Jie Du Tang)

1203 黃連解毒湯 (Huang Lian Jie Du Tang)

Coptis and Scute Combination

Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity 



Chinese Name

Pharmaceutical name

Pin Yin Name

English Name


Rhizoma Coptidis

Huang Lian



Radix Scutellariae

Huang Qin



Cortex Phellodendri

Huang Bo



Fructus Gardeniae

Shan Zhi Zi




Classic Literature Reference

Wai Tai Mi Yao ("Secret Measures" as Written Outside the Ministry, 752).

Compiler: Wang, Tao.



Traditional: Excess heat or fire toxin marked by high fever, irritability, dry mouth and throat, insomnia, dark yellow urine, a red tongue with yellow coating, and a rapid and forceful pulse. It is also used for vomiting blood, bleeding from the nose due to blood-heat; or dysentery, jaundice, delirium, carbuncles, and sores caused by damp heat and toxins.

Modern: Acute gastroenteritis, acute dysentery,epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis, encephalitis B, pyelonephritis, hypertension, acute icterohepatitis, hematosepsis, pyemia, suppurative skin disorders, acute lymphangitis, mastitis, allergic purpura, otitis media, pelvic inflammation, sequelae of cerebrovascular accident, etc.



Pattern of Excess Heat



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