English Name: solanum
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Solani
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Huang Shui Qie enters the Liver channel; it is acrid and bitter in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Huang Shui Qie is dried aerial parts (minus the poisonous berries) of a plant commonly used in the Ayurvedic medicinal tradition called Indian yellow-fruited nightshade or kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum Schrad. et Wendl.). Its uses in Ayurvedic medicine are varied; its action according to TCM are listed below.
Huang Shui Qie sedates (Liver) fire and eliminates toxins to treat various Liver disorders such as hepatitis and cirrhosis (in the formula Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang). Other clinical applications of this herb include addressing eye disorders caused by excess heat and relieving itchy skin (with heat signs).