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Huang Lian Shang Qing is a popular Chinese herbal medicine formula. It can:

  • Clears Heat
  • Resolves toxicity
  • Drains Fire
  • Unblocks the bowels
  • Expels Wind


This formula is used for treating:

  • Acute red eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth or tongue sores
  • Dark, rough urination
  • Reddish urine
  • Restlessness and Heat in the Heart and diaphragm
  • Constipation
  • Gum bleeding
  • Pimples
  • Burning urination
  • Dizziness
  • T: Red
  • C: Yellow
  • P: Slippery and rapid

Huang Lian Shang Qing / Detoxing formula 黄连上清丸


Rz. Coptidis    Huang Lian    

Clears Heat, drains Dampness, drains Fire, resolves toxicity, clears Heat, stops bleeding and drains Stomach Fire.

Rx. Scutellariae    Huang Qin  

Clears Heat, dries Dampness, drains Fire, detoxifies, cools the Blood and stops bleeding.

Cx. Phellodendri    Huang Bai  

Drains Damp-Heat especially from the Lower Jiao, drains Fire, relieves Fire toxicity and drains Kidney Fire.

Rx. et Rz. Rhei    Da Huang    

Drains Heat, purges accumulations, drains Fire, transforms Dampness, promotes urination, drains Heat from the Blood, invigorates the Blood, dispels Blood Stasis and reduces Fire toxicity.

Fr. Forsythiae    Lian Qiao    

Clears Heat (especially in the Upper Jiao), relieves toxicity, reduces abscesses, dissipates clumps, clears Blood Heat and promotes urination.

Rz. Curcumae Longae    Jiang Huang    

Invigorates the Blood, eliminates Blood Stasis, promotes the movement of Qi, opens the channels and collaterals to alleviate pain, expels Wind and reduces swelling.

Rx. Scrophulariae    Xuan Shen  

Clears Heat, cools the Blood, nourishes Yin, drains Fire and relieves toxicity.

Hb. Menthae Haplocalycis    Bo He  

Disperses Wind-Heat, cools and clears the head and eyes, benefits the throat and expels turbid filth.

Angelicae Sinensis Radicis Cauda    Dang Gui Wei    

Invigorates and harmonizes the Blood, reduces swelling, expels pus, generates flesh and alleviates pain.

Rx. Puerariae    Ge Gen  

Discharges Exterior conditions, releases the muscles, especially of the neck and upper back, relieves Heat, vents measles and generates fluids.

Rz. Chuanxiong    Chuan Xiong

Invigorates the Blood, promotes the movement of Qi, expels Wind and alleviates pain.

Rx. Platycodi    Jie Geng 

Opens the Lungs, spreads Lung Qi, expels Phlegm, benefits the throat, expels pus and opens and raises Lung Qi, directing the effects of other herbs to the upper body.

Rx. Trichosanthis    Tian Hua Fen  

Drains Heat, generates Fluids, clears and drains Lung Heat, transforms Phlegm, moistens Lung Dryness, relieves toxicity, expels pus and reduces swelling.

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