Shuang Liu Huang – Half Spreading Ironweed – Herba Vernoniae Patulae

Shuang Liu Huang

English Name: half-spreading ironweed

Literal Translation: “double willow yellow”

Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Vernoniae Patulae

Medica Category: Wind-Heat Releasing Herbs

Properties: Shuang Liu Huang enters the Lung and Large Intestine channels; it is bitter in nature and neutral in temperature.

What is Shuang Liu Huang?:

The Chinese Herb Shuang Liu Huang is the dried aerial parts of the half-spreading ironweed (Vernonia patula Merr.), a flowering perennial native to Southeast Asia (in the Asteracae family).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Shuang Liu Huang:

Shuang Liu Huang dispels wind-heat and treats headaches. It also stops diarrhea and is often added to formulas to treat traveler’s diarrhea or dysentery.