Coptis Chinensis

Coptis chinensis
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Other Names

Huáng lián
Huang lian
Coptis chinensis Franch.
There are two synonyms according to the Catalogue of Life[1]
The Chinese materia medica also uses the rhizomes of Coptis deltoidea C. Y. Cheng & Hsiao ( 三角葉黄连 ) and Coptis teeta Wall. ( 雲连 ) as it's standard species.[2]


Cold and bitter.

Channels Entered:

YangMing (Stomach/Large Intestine), JueYin (Heart/Liver)[2]


Drains Fire (i.e. antipyretic), clears dampness, stops bleeding


Ailments caused by excessive heat:
Damp-Heat in the bowels, or heat toxins: dysenteric disorders.
Fever induced delirium
Heat induced bleeding: Epistaxis, hematuria, hematemesis, and hematochezia
Applied topically for lesions due to Damp-Heat (carbuncles, boils, abscesses, ulcers, etc)


Other uses

Known Toxicity or Adverse Reactions

Notes on identification:


Conservation/IUCN/CITES Status

1. Hassler M. (2017). World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World (version May 2017). In: Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds. (2017). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 30th June 2017. Digital resource at Species000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-8858.
2. Benskey, Dan; Clavey, Steven; Stöger, Erich; Gamble, Andrew; Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica 3rd Edition Eastland Press, Inc. 2004 pages 134-138


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