Traditional Chinese Medicine/Qing Re Xia Huo

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Qing Re Xia Huo (Clear Heat Purge Fire)[edit]

General Actions & Indications:

  • Clear Heat and Drain Fire (Simplified Chinese: 清热下火, Traditional Chinese :清熱下火, Pinyin: qīngrè xiàhuǒ)
  • external heat goes to Qi level
  • Big 4 symptoms of Qi level Heat (indicates invasion of Yang Ming):
    • Big Fever
    • Big Thirst (drink ice water)
    • Big Sweating (Heat pushes sweat out)
    • Big Pulse (very strong)
  • Tai Yang (UB) Channel goes deep to Yang Ming level
  • red face
  • excessive energy
  • excited
  • not tired because of Fire inside
  • Fire goes to body makes patient confused
  • high fever (104°-105°F)
  • talking crazy
  • red tongue body
  • yellow tongue coating
  • pulse big & full
  • Lung Heat - Heat/Fire goes to Lungs, also Stomach Heat, Liver Fire
  • DO NOT TONIFY Exterior condition (yet)

General Contraindications & Cautions:

  • Spleen &/or Stomach deficient Cold


  • Shi Gao (石膏) - clear Heat from Lung & Stomach at Qi level, Coldest
  • Zhi Mu - clear Heat from Lung & Stomach at Qi level, moistening, not as Cold as Shi Gao
  • Lu Gen - clear Heat from Lung & Stomach at Qi level, injured Yin, especially Lung-Yin


  • Zhi Zi (栀子) - mild Clear Heat & Drain Fire, initial stage Heat with irritability, eliminates Damp-Heat, Antibiotic and anti-inflammation [1][2]
  • Dan Zhu Ye - specialist Clear Fire from Heart and Stomach
  • Jue Ming Zi (决明子) - clear Heat from Liver Channel, pacifies Liver, extinguishes Fire, moistens Intestines
  • Xia Ku Cao (夏枯草) - eye problems, Liver constraint complicated by excess Heat, headache, vertigo, scrofula
  • Han Shui Shi (寒水石)
  • Tian Hua Fen (天花分)

References[edit]

  1. Haiying Liu, Nongxue Qiu, Huihuang Ding, Ruiqi Yao. “Polyphenols contents and antioxidant capacity of 68 Chinese herbals suitable for medical or food uses”, Food Research International, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2008, Pages 363-370.
  2. China Pharmacopoeia Committee. (2000). Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China (Vol. 1). Beijing: China Chemical Industry Press.

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