Source Common Selfheal Fruit-Spike is the dried fruit spike of labiate plant Prunella vulgaris L.
Producing Areas Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Henan, Hubei, etc.
Properties Bitter, Spicy, Cold
Channels Gall Bladder, Liver
- Clears heat from the liver and brightens the eyesFor liver fire ascending, high blood pressure, red, painful, and swollen eyes. Also for headache, dizziness, and eye pain due to liver deficiency (eyes are tender and sensitive to light).
- Eliminates nodulesTreats swollen thyroid, swollen glands, or any neck swelling due to phlegm fire. Also used to treat nodules in the inguinal area and other parts of the body (mastitis, etc)
Usage and Dosage
10 – 15g is decocted into liquid or a greater amount is decocted into paste, both for oral use.
Notes Contraindicated in the case with deficiency of yang qi.
Use with caution in the case with deficiency of the spleen and stomach.
When taking for a long time, use with Dangshen and Baishu.
Keep in a dry, ventilated place.
Description of Quality Herb
The good one has a big spike, is brownish red in colour, and is noisy when shaken.