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Stellaria dichotoma L. var. lanceolata Bge.
Source of Earliest Record
Bencao Gangmu Shiyi
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The roots are dug in autumn or the Beginning of Spring (first solar term). After the fibrous roots are removed, the roots are cleaned in water, dried in the sun and cut into slices.
Properties & Taste
Sweet and slightly cold
Liver and stomach
1. To reduce heat caused by deficient yin; 2. To clear heat in infants caused by malnutrition
Indications & Combinations
1. Heat signs due to deficiency of yin manifested as afternoon fever and night sweating. Stellaria root (Yinchaihu) is used with Sweet wormwood (Qinghao), Turtle shell (Biejia) and Wolfberry bark (Digupi) in the formula Qinggu San.
2. Infantile malnutrition manifested as swollen abdomen and emaciation. Stellaria root (Yinchaihu) is used with Capejasmine (Zhizi), Pilose asiabell root (Dangshen) and Scutellaria root (Huangqin) in the formula Chaihu Qinggan Tang.
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb is contraindicated in fever due to invasion by exogenous pathogenic wind and cold, or in cases with deficient blood syndrome but no signs of heat.
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