English Name: senecio, climbing groundsel herb, ragwort herb
Literal Translation: “thousand-mile brightness”
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Senecionis Scandens
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Qian Li Guang enters the Lung, Liver, and Large Intestine channels; it is bitter in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Qian Li Guang is the dried aerial parts of the climbing groundsel (Senecio scandens), a climbing evergreen with woody stems in the Asteraceae family that grows wild throughout East Asia.
Qian Li Guang clears heat and eliminates toxins and is used both internally and externally to treat dermatological disorders (e.g. carbuncles and eczema) as well as internally to treat diarrhea and dysentery.
Qian Li Guang clear heat from the Liver channel with the action of brightening the eyes (i.e. it subdues Liver Fire/Liver Yang rising). It can also be used singly as an eyewash for redness, swelling, itching, and dryness of the eyes.