English Name: lippia
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Lippiae
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Ya She Huang enters the Liver and Kidney channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Ya She Huang is the dried aerial parts of the lippia plant (Lippia nodiflora (Linn.) L.C. Richard), a small perennial herb with pale purple flowers commonly seen/used as groundcover.
Ya She Huang clears heat and reduces inflammation and is used in China to address gynecological concerns to include amenorrhea and/or dysmenorrhea with pain due to blood stagnation and heat in the lower jiao. It also addresses herpes zoster (topically) and gonorrhea as well as upper respiratory system infections with toxic swelling in the chest and throat.