Fructus Arctii for Sore Throat and Skin Rashes

[Name]
Fructus Arctii, Arctium lappa

[Chinese Name]
Niu Bang Zi

[Parts Used and Preparation]
Fruits

[Flavors in Chinese Medicine]
Pungent, bitter; cold

[Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels]
Lung and Stomach

[Actions in Chinese Medicine]
The herb may detoxify and relieve rashes and swelling. It may also soothe the sore throat.

[Uses in Chinese Medicine]
• Infectious diseases including the symptoms of cough, and swollen and sore throat.
• The early stages of measles before the skin rashes appear, caused by the Wind–Heat factors.
• Skin inflammation including boils and abscesses caused by the pathogenic Heat factor.

[Recommended Dosages]
3–10 grams. Add water to make decoctions.

[Warnings, Interactions, Side Effects]
The herb should not be used by those with diarrhea.

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