Benefits: This herb is used for chronic inflammatory disorders, poor liver function, feverish conditions, influenza and the common cold. It is a bitter and cold herb, acting as a diaphoretic (for fever management), and restores and regulates gastrointestinal and liver function. Also used for alternating chills and fever (eg. Malaria), liver enlargement, prolapse of the uterus and rectum, menstrual problems, epigastric pain, nausea and indigestion.
In an uncontrolled clinical study of 143 patients treated with this herb, fever subsided within 24 hours in 98% of influenza cases and in 88% of patients with the common cold.
Active Constituents: contains triterpenoid saponins including the saikosaponins which contain the anti-inflammatory activity.
Pharmacological Actions: Anti-inflammatory, liver protective, diaphoretic, antitussive. Can have a sedative effect in some people.
Contraindications: According to TCM it is contraindicated in deficient yin cough or liver fire ascending to the head as in cases of some headaches or high blood pressure. It can occasionally cause nausea or vomiting so the smallest possible dose is used. It can occasionally cause nausea and reflux in people sensitive to saponin-rich herbs. No adverse effects are expected in pregnancy or lactation.