Dandelion herb (Pugongying)
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba taraxaci
Botanical Name: 1. Taraxacum mongolicum Hand.-Mazz.. 2. Taraxacum sinicum Kitag.
Common Name: Dandelion herb
Source of Earliest Record: Xinxiu Bencao
Part Used: The whole plant is gathered in summer or autumn, cleaned in water and then dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Bitter, sweet and cold
Meridians: Stomach and liver
1. To clear heat and release toxins.
2. To resolve dampness.
Indications & Combinations:
1. Boils, carbuncles and furuncles. Dandelion herb (Pugongying) is used with Viola (Zihuadiding), Wild chrysanthemum flower (Yejuhua) and Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua).
2. Damp-heat jaundice. Dandelion herb (Pugongying) is used with Oriental wormwood (Yinchenhao).
3. Turbid urination. Dandelion herb (Pugongying) is used with Lysimachia (Jinqiancao) and Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen).
Dosage: 10-30 g
Cautions & Contraindications: Overdosing of this herb may cause mild diarrhea.