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Discussion of Huang Qin (Scuttellaria baicalensis)

By Andrew Ellis


The approach of this article is to examine the uses of Huang Qin as they developed over time from the uses and functions listed in the Shen Nong Ben Cao and implied in the works of Zhang Zhong Jing.  Our method is to discuss each of the functions mentioned above and to explore how these root functions gave rise to branch uses.  Lastly, we include a translation of a section of the Huang Qin entry in a modern herbology textbook from the People’s Republic of China.  It is hoped that this approach will give the reader a well-rounded view of the herb that goes beyond that offered by any single perspective….

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Andrew Ellis first studied Chinese medicine with Dr. James Tin Yau So at the New England School of Acupuncture. He left New England in 1983 to study Chinese language in Taiwan and apprenticed with Chinese herbalist Xu Fu-Su there for several years. Later he studied internal medicine and gynecology at the Xiamen Hospital of Chinese medicine. While there, he also specialized in the study of acupuncture with Dr. Shi Neng-Yun and dermatology with Dr. Zhang Guang-Cai.

Andy has authored, translated, or co-translated several books on Chinese medicine including Grasping the Wind, The Clinical Experience of Dr. Shi Neng-Yun, Notes from South Mountain, Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies (2nd Ed.).  He is also the founder and owner of Spring Wind Herb Company, in Berkeley, California, supplying high quality herbs and herb products to practitioners, and one of the largest sources of organic Chinese herbs in the U.S.

We are very grateful to Andy for permission to reprint this article from his series Notes from Cinnabar Creek.
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