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lian qiao

By: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

lian qiao herb




Pharmaceutical name:

Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae

Biological name:

Forsthia suspensa (Thunb.) Vahl

Pron. in Japanese:


Pron. in Korean:

yon'g yo

Pron. in Cantonese:

lian kiu

Common Name:

forsythia fruit


Shanxi, Shaanxi, Henan and throughout northern China

Properties (characteristics)

bitter, cool, and slightly acrid

Channels (meridians) entered:

heart, liver gall bladder

Actions & Indications:

clears heat and toxin, nodules. Expels externally contracted wind heat as in common cold

Chemical ingredients:

forsythin, matairesinoside, betulinic acid, phyillygenin, pinoresinol


6~15 g per day

Samples of formulae:

yin qiao jie du san (cold formula)

Medical Functions:

Broad spectrum antibiotic effect, lower fever, anti inflammation, protect liver, stop vomiting, help blood circulation, promote urination, 

Modern applications:

antimicrobial effect, antiparasitic effect, antiemetic effect, for retina hemorrhage, for acute kidney infection, for pus forming in lungs, acute liver infection, and psoriasis.


use caution in cases of pixu and weixu with diarrhea and sores that are already ripened (broken)


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