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Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Nees
Green chiretta, Kariyat
Source of Earliest Record
Lingnan Caoyao Lu
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The aerial parts of the plant are gathered in the early autumn when the plant begins to flower. Then it is cut into pieces and dried.
Properties & Taste
Bitter and cold
Lung, stomach, large and small intestines
1. To clear heat and release toxins; 2. To dry dampness
Indications & Combinations
1. The beginning of warm febrile disease manifested as fever, headache and sore throat. Green chiretta (Chuanxinlian) is used with Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua), Platycodon root (Jiegeng) and Arctium fruit (Niubangzi).
2. Heat in the lungs manifested as cough and asthma or cough with yellow sputum. Green chiretta (Chuanxinlian) is used with Houttuynia (Yuxingcao), Platycodon root (Jiegeng) and Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou).
3. Dysentery due to dampness and heat. Green chiretta (Chuanxinlian) is used with Portulaca (Machixian).
Cautions & Contraindications
Prolonged overdosing of this herb may impair stomach qi.
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