English Name: leucas
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Leucas Mollissimae
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Hu Yao Huang enters the Large Intestine, Small Intestine, and Lung channels; it is bitter in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Hu Yao Huang is the dried aerial parts of the Chinese Leucas (Leucas mollissima Wall. var. chinensis Benth), a small plant in the mint family with white or yellow silky-wooly flowers that is native to China and India.
Hu Yao Huang clears heat and eliminates toxins and is used to treat infections and inflammation in many parts of the body (depending on the other herbs with which it is combined in formula). Clinical applications include enteritis, appendicitis, dysentery, etc…
Hu Yao Huang invigorates blood and promotes diuresis and can help address uterine infections and dysuria (w/a component of nephritis).