Ding Qing Ye – Ilex Leaves – Folium Ilexis

Ding Qing Ye

English Name: ilex (leaves)

Pharmaceutical Name: Folium Ilexis

Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Blood-Cooling Herbs

Properties: Ding Qing Ye enters the Lung and Heart channels; it is bitter and astringent in nature and cold in temperature.

What is Ding Qing Ye?:

The Chinese Herb Ding Qing Ye is the dried leaves of the ilex plant (Ilex chinensis Sims), a species of tree in the holly family native to China and Japan with simple, alternating leaves and white cruciform flowers; fully grown, Ilex chinensis can surpass 10m in height.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Ding Qing Ye:

Ding Qing Ye dispels heat and toxins from the Lung channel to address upper respiratory infections (e.g. bronchitis and pneumonia) and skin issues arising from toxic-heat (e.g. non-healing sores and ulcerations).

Ding Qing Ye can be ground up and mixed into a paste to be used topically to stop bleeding.