Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Houttuyniae
Botanical Name: Houttuynia cordate Thunb.
Common Name: Houttuynia
Source of Earliest Record: Mingyi Bielu
Part Used: The entire plant is gathered in the time between summer and autumn. After gathering, it is cleaned and dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent and slightly cold
To clear heat and release toxins
1. Lung abscess manifested as cough with bloody and pus-like sputum. Houttuynia (Yuxingcao) is used with Platycodon root (Jiegeng) and Coix seed (Yiyiren).
2. Heat in the lungs manifested as cough with yellow and thick sputum. Houttuynia (Yuxingcao) is used with Mulberry bark (Sangbaipi) and Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou).
3. Boils and swelling due to toxic heat. Houttuynia (Yuxingcao) is used with Dandelion herb (Pugongying) and Forsythia fruit (Lianqiao).
Dosage: 15-30 g