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Coptis Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
English Name
Botanical Name
Coptis Chinensis
Chinese Name
Huang Lian

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Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Coptis

-Avoid use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
-Not to be taken by a person having Stomach Problems, Diarrhea and Spleen Problems.
-It should not be taken by those suffering from Qi and Yin Deficiency.
-It is Incompatible with :
Scrophularia Ningpoensis
Chrysanthemum Morifolium
Dictamnus Dasycarpus
Achyranthes Bidentata
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Coptis is a plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It grows up to 2 M.
Best used for Aphthous Ulcers.

In TCM :
Coptis Rhizome : Huang Lian, Huang Lian Xu

Meridians Associated: Heart, Liver, Stomach and Large Intestine.


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Materia Medica for Coptis

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Prepare a tincture of Oregon Grape, Berberis Aristata ( Kilmora ) , Coptis, Golden Seal. Take 18-20 drops in 1/4 cup of water thrice a day up to 2 weeks.
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Queries on Coptis
Patty Kennedy ( TN )
15 Apr 2018
I am trying to do a liver cleanse by taking Chinese Bitters in the early AM and Coptis Rhizome (Huang Lian) at night. After taking Coptis Rhizome I can NOT sleep. It makes me very hyper. I've even tried taking it early afternoon and I still get extremely hyper like I've had a lot of caffeine yet I do NOT drink or eat anything with caffeine. From everything I've read its supposed to help me sleep but what would cause it to keep me awake and hyper?
07 Jul 2019
There are also side-effects which may affect the heart for people who may have heart issues which need other herbs. A herb specialist or a trained physician may know how to help.
Lenna Bischoff ( USA NY )
09 Aug 2019
I used to take Coptis purge fire for about a year and began experiencing heart palpitations. Has anyone else experienced this?
13 Aug 2019
Hey Lenna, Why are you taking the herb? How did you feel initially when you started taking the herb? Did you have any disease for which you took it? If it doesn't suit you, you may check for other herbs and stop taking this. Sometimes there can be uncertain side effects. You should visit a specialist nearby.
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