Baikal skullcap roots (Huang Qin) Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) Goji tree root bark (Di Gu Pi) Sanguisorba roots (Di Yu) Tortoise plastrons (Gui Ban) Cape jasmine fruits (Zhi Zi) Donkey-hide gelatin (E Jiao) Lotus roots (Ou Jie)

Qing Re Gu Jing Tang

Chinese: 清热固经汤

Pinyin: Qīng Rè Gù Jīng Tāng

Other names: Clear Heat and Consolidate the Menses Decoction

Number of ingredients: 11 herbs

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: MetrorrhagiaThreatened miscarriage

  1. Clears Empty Heat
  2. Tonifies the Kidney Yin
  3. Stops bleeding
  4. Supplies Body Fluids

Source date: 1988

Source book: Chinese Medicine in Gynecology textbook

Qing Re Gu Jing Tang is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Baikal Skullcap Roots (Huang Qin) and Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) as principal ingredients.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the eleven ingredients in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Qing Re Gu Jing Tang helps treat.

The eleven ingredients in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang

Huang Qin is a king ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Baikal Skullcap Roots (Huang Qin)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: GallbladderSpleenHeartLarge intestineLungSmall intestine

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and dry Dampness

Huang Qin clears Heat and excretes Fire. It prevents the Yang from rising in the Liver Channel. Together with Cape jasmine fruits, they treat irregular vaginal bleeding due to Liver Fire

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Di Huang is a king ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang)

Part used: Prepared dried root tuber

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: HeartKidneyLiver

Category: Herbs that cool the Blood

Di Huang cools the Blood by clearing Heat.  Together with Donkey-hide gelatin, they treat Heavy period due to Empty-Heat

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Di Gu Pi is a deputy ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Goji Tree Root Bark (Di Gu Pi)

Part used: Dried root bark

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: KidneyLiverLung

Category: Herbs that cool the Blood

In general Di Gu Pi's main actions are as follows: "Clears Yin Deficient Heat;. Clears Lung Heat and stops cough. Cools the Blood when there is reckless movement of Blood. Drains Fire when Kidney Water is unable to control Fire."

In the context of Qing Re Gu Jing Tang, it is used because it cools the Blood so as to stop bleeding by clears Empty-Heat due to Yin Deficiency.

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Di yu is a deputy ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Sanguisorba Roots (Di yu)

Part used: The dried root

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): BitterSour

Meridian affinity: StomachLarge intestineLiver

Category: Herbs that stop bleeding

In general Di yu's main actions are as follows: "Reduces Heat in the Blood, drains Damp-Heat and stops bleeding. Stops diarrhea. Applied topically it reduces inflammation and aids in wound healing."

In the context of Qing Re Gu Jing Tang, it is used because it Cools the Blood to stop bleeding. It also removes Toxic-Heat.

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Gui Ban is a deputy ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

5. Tortoise Plastrons (Gui Ban)

Part used: Carapace and plastron

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): SaltySweet

Meridian affinity: HeartKidneyLiver

Category: Tonic herbs for Yin Deficiency

Gui Ban sweet, salty, and cooling. Therefore it is able to sedate Liver Yang as well as cool Empty-Heat from Yin Deficiency.

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Zhi Zi is an assistant ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

6. 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 clears Heat and Fire, cools the Blood, eliminates irritability,  relieves toxicity and stops bleeding by astringing. Together with Baikal skullcap root, they treat irregular vaginal bleeding due to Liver Fire

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E Jiao is an assistant ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

7. Donkey-Hide Gelatin (E Jiao)

Part used: Solid glue prepared from the dried or fresh skin of donkeys

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: KidneyLiverLung

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

In general E Jiao's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies and nourishes Blood. Stops bleeding. Moistens and lubricates Yin."

In the context of Qing Re Gu Jing Tang, it is used because it tonifies the Blood, nourishes the Blood and stops bleeding.

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Ou Jie is an assistant ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

8. Lotus Roots (Ou Jie)

Part used: Dried rhizome node

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): SourSweet

Meridian affinity: StomachLiverLung

Category: Herbs that stop bleeding

Ou Jie stops bleeding by astringing the leakage of Blood. It also clears Blood Stagnation and clear Blood Heat.

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Mu Li ke is an assistant ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

9. Oyster Shells (Mu Li ke)

Mu Li ke calms the Liver by benefiting the Yin and anchoring Floating Yang.  It also prevents leakage of Body Fluids and removes Stagnation.

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Gan Cao is an assistant ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

10. Liquorice (Gan Cao)

Part used: Dried root and rhizome

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomachHeartLung

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 Qing Re Gu Jing Tang, it is used because it harmonizes the actions of all other herbs of the formula.

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?? is an assistant ingredient in Qing Re Gu Jing Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

11. Windmill Palm Bark (??)

Part used: Dried petiole

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterSour

Meridian affinity: Large intestineLiverLung

Category: Herbs that stop bleeding

In general ??'s main actions are as follows: "Stops bleeding"

In the context of Qing Re Gu Jing Tang, it is used because it stops bleeding by astringing Blood leakage.

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Qing Re Gu Jing Tang is used to treat Heat in Uterus Blood

It's important to remember that herbal formulas are meant to treat patterns, not "diseases" as understood in Western Medicine. According to Chinese Medicine patterns, which are disruptions to the body as a system, are the underlying root cause for diseases and conditions.

As such Qing Re Gu Jing Tang is mostly used to treat the pattern "Heat in Uterus Blood" which we describe below.

But before we delve into Heat in Uterus Blood here is an overview of the Western conditions it is commonly associated with:

Metrorrhagia Threatened miscarriage

Again it wouldn't be correct to say "Qing Re Gu Jing Tang treats metrorrhagia" for instance. Rather, Qing Re Gu Jing Tang is used to treat Heat in Uterus Blood, which is sometimes the root cause behind metrorrhagia.

Now let's look at Heat in Uterus Blood, a pattern that TCM practitioners commonly treat with Qing Re Gu Jing Tang.

The Uterus is a so-called "Extraordinary" Organ. Learn more about the Uterus in Chinese Medicine

Heat in Uterus Blood

Qing Re Gu Jing Tang is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Heat in Uterus Blood. This pattern leads to symptoms such as heavy periods, flooding suddenly before schedule, flooding and leaking and dark colored blood. Patients with Heat in Uterus Blood typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses.

Long term emotional stress such as anger, frustration and resentment, or a sudden emotional upset can lead to Liver Qi stagnation. If untreated for a while, it can then develops to Liver Fire or Heat, which agitates the Blood, As a result an excessive amount of Blood leaks out of vessels. If the read more about Heat in Uterus Blood

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