Golden Thread

Golden Thread is presently restricted from oral use in Singapore.

Source The source is from Rhizome of Huanglian (Coptis chinensis Franch.), Sanjiaoye Huanglian (Coptis deltoidea C. Y. Cheng et Hsiao or Hsiao) or Yunlian (Coptis teeta Wall.), family Ranunculaceae.

Producing Areas Sichuan, Hubei, Guizhou and Yunnan, etc.

Producing Bitter in flavour, cold in nature

Channels Heart, Liver, Stomach, Large Intestine



  • Clears away heat and removes dampness, purges asthenic fire and eliminates toxic material.
  • For fullness in the epigastric abdomen with nausea and vomiting.
  • For vomiting with acid regurgitation due to liver fire attacking the stomach or asthenic cold of the spleen and stomach, and nausea and vomiting due to early pregnancy.
  • For dysentery and dampness-heat of the spleen, stomach and large intestine.
  • For high fever and restlessness, dysphoria and insomnia or exogenous heat injuring yin.
  • For toothache due to stomach-fire, carbuncles, and red and swelling eyes.

Usage and Dosage

The stir-baked with ginger juice is for damp-heat stagnation in the middle energiser, and strengthening the stomach and stopping vomiting.
2 – 10g is used in decoction, or 0.5 – 1g of the powder is swallowed 3 times daily.
Suitable amount of decoction, paste or powder is used externally.

Notes Contraindicated for the case with asthenic cold of the spleen and stomach. Use with caution in the case with consumption of the body fluids due to yin deficiency.

It is mostly single stemmed, slightly cylindrical and curved, resembling a silkworm in thickness, with longer Guoqiao.

It is mostly single stemmed, quite thin, curved like a hook. Its surface is brownish yellow. The broken surface is yellowish brown and even.

Keep in a dry and ventilated place.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is thick, compact, with reddish yellow broken surface and bitter flavour.