Japanese catnip (Jing Jie) Forsythia fruits (Lian Qiao) White peony roots (Bai Shao) Bupleurum roots (Chai Hu) Baikal skullcap roots (Huang Qin) Szechuan lovage roots (Chuan Xiong) Dong quai (Dang Gui) Angelica roots (Bai Zhi)

Chinese: 荆芥连翘汤

Pinyin: Jīng Jiè Lián Qiáo Tāng

Other names: Schizonepeta and Forsythia Decoction

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that clear Wind-Heat

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: AcneEczemaRhinitis and thirteen other conditions

  1. Dispels Wind
  2. Clears toxic-Heat
  3. Disperses Stagnation

Contraindications: This formula can only be used short-term as some of its herbs can drain and... This formula can only be used short-term as some of its herbs can drain and disperse Qi. For patients with Deficiency patterns, the formula needs to be changed to avoid harming Qi and Blood. see more

Source date: 1773 AD

Source book: Wondrous Lantern for Peering into the Origin and Development of Miscellaneous Diseases

Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang is a 12-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Japanese Catnip (Jing Jie) and Forsythia Fruits (Lian Qiao) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 1773 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Wind-Heat. Its main actions are: 1) dispels Wind and 2) clears toxic-Heat.

In Chinese Medicine health conditions are thought to arise due to "disharmonies" in the body as a system. These disharmonies are called "patterns" and the very purpose of herbal formulas is to fight them in order to restore the body's harmony.

From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as rhinitis, tonsillitis or facial acne for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the twelve ingredients in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang helps treat.

The twelve ingredients in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang

Jing Jie is a king ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Japanese Catnip (Jing Jie)

Part used: Aerial portion and flowers, or the spikes only (in which case it is called Jing Jie Sui)

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: LiverLung

Category: Warm/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Jing Jie's main actions are as follows: "Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold or Heat depending on the other herbs used. Releases the Exterior for measles. Stops bleeding. Abates swellings."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it releases pathogens from the Exterior and dispel Wind.

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Lian Qiao is a king ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Forsythia Fruits (Lian Qiao)

Part used: Dried fruit

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: HeartLungSmall intestine

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity

Lian Qiao releases pathogens from the Exterior and dispel Wind with Japanese catnip. It also resolves toxic-Heat by dispersing toxin accumulation.

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Bai Shao is a deputy ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. White Peony Roots (Bai Shao)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterSour

Meridian affinity: LiverSpleen

Category: Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency

In general Bai Shao's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Blood and preserves the Yin. Nourishes the Liver and assists in the smooth flow of Qi. Regulates the meridians and eases the pain."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it helps the formula in treating the Heat disorders that center around the Lesser Yang Channels.

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Chai Hu is a deputy ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu)

Part used: Dried root and rhizome

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: GallbladderLiver

Category: Cool/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Chai Hu's main actions are as follows: "Harmonizes exterior and interior. Smoothes the Liver and upraises the Yang."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it helps the formula in treating the Heat disorders that center around the Lesser Yang Channels.

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Huang Qin is a deputy ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

5. Baikal Skullcap Roots (Huang Qin)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: GallbladderHeartLarge intestineLungSmall intestineSpleen

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and dry Dampness

In general Huang Qin's main actions are as follows: "Expels Heat and Dampness. Clears Upper Burner Heat, especially of the Lung. Clears Heat and stops reckless movement of Blood. Clears pathogenic Heat which is upsetting the fetus. Cools the Liver, reducing Liver Yang rising syndrome."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it helps the key herbs in clearing Toxic-Heat.

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Chuan Xiong is an assistant ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

6. Szechuan Lovage Roots (Chuan Xiong)

Part used: Dried rhizome

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: GallbladderLiverPericardium

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

In general Chuan Xiong's main actions are as follows: "Regulates and moves the Blood. Relieves Wind-Cold and pain. Circulates the Qi in the Upper Burner, relieving headaches."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it moves and nourishes the Blood. It is used to treat Blood Stagnation.

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Dang Gui is an assistant ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

7. Dong Quai (Dang Gui)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): PungentSweet

Meridian affinity: HeartLiverSpleen

Category: Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency

In general Dang Gui's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Blood. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it moves and nourishes the Blood with Szechuan lovage root. It is used to treat Blood Stagnation.

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Bai Zhi is an assistant ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

8. Angelica Roots (Bai Zhi)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomachLung

Category: Warm/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Bai Zhi's main actions are as follows: "Relieves the Exterior and disperses Wind. Disperses Wind and Cold from the Yang Brightness channels. Relieves Wind-Damp Cold painful obstruction. Dries Dampness and pus and reduces swelling. Opens the nasal passages."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it disperses accumulations and also thrusts out pus.

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Jie Geng is an assistant ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

9. Platycodon Roots (Jie Geng)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: Lung

Category: Warm herbs that transform Phlegm and stop Cough

In general Jie Geng's main actions are as follows: "Opens the Lungs and smoothes the flow of Lung Qi. Expels Phlegm and pus from the Lungs and throat, can be used for either Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat according to the other herbs in the formula. Directs the actions of other herbs to the Upper Warmer."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it disperses accumulations and thrust out pus along with Angelica root and Bitter orange.

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Zhi Ke is an assistant ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

10. Bitter Oranges (Zhi Ke)

Part used: Dried ripe fruit

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungentSour

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Herbs that regulate Qi

Zhi Ke disperses accumulations and thrust out the pus along with Angelica root and Platycodon root, the other two assistant herbs.

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Gan Cao is an envoy ingredient in Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang. This means that it directs the formula towards certain area of the body and/or harmonizes the actions of other ingredients.

11. Liquorice (Gan Cao)

Part used: Dried root and rhizome

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: HeartLungSpleenStomach

Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency

In general Gan Cao's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs."

In the context of Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang, it is used because it harmonizes the effects of the other ingredients present in the formula.

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12. Cape Jasmine Fruits (Zhi Zi)

Part used: Dried ripe fruit

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: GallbladderHeartLungSanjiao

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and purge Fire and/or clear Summer Heat

Zhi Zi helps the key herbs in clearing Toxic-Heat with the Baikal Skullcap Root. Their effects are on the body's surface.

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