English Name: stellaria, water chickweed
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Stellariae Aquaticae
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Cha Ching Huang enters the Liver, Large Intestine, and San Jiao channels; it is acrid and slightly bitter in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Cha Chi Huang is the dried aerial parts of the water (or giant) chickweed (Stellaria aquatica Scop.), a species of flowering plant in the carnation family that grows in warm, humid areas of China (and across Asia).
Cha Chi Huang clears heat-toxins and is commonly used to treat a wide variety of clinical presentations that involve infection, inflammation, and swelling.
Cha Chi Huang invigorates blood and breaks up blood stasis in disorders presenting with localized swelling and blood stagnation.
Cha Chi Huang promotes urination in cases of damp-heat dysuria.
Cha Chi Huang promotes lactation caused when damp-heat/swelling obstructs the channels.