English Name: andrographis
Literal Translation: “penetrate the heart lotus”
Pharmaceutical name: Herba Andrographis
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Chuan Xin Lian enters the Lung, Stomach, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine channels is bitter in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Chuan Xin Lian is the dried flowers and stems of the andrographis plant (Andrographis paniculata). This is another very bitter herb (like Ban Lan Gen) with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Chuan Xin Lian clears heat and eliminates toxins in cases where the symptoms present as sore throat, headaches, fever, and cough. It can also be used internally or topically (mashed into a paste with water) to treat toxic-heat skin conditions (from sores and carbuncles to insect and snake bites).
Chuan Xin Lian clears toxic heat from the Lung and Large Intestine channels and is used to treat diarrhea and dysentery caused by damp-heat.
Chuan Xin Lian clears damp-heat to treat painful, burning urination (dysuria).
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