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The Huang Lian herb, or Coptis Root, is very important for clearing heat and drying dampness and is used clinically as a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It is very bitter, very cooling, and very drying. It is the chief herb in a number of classical formulas for this purpose; it also has utility in clearing Liver fire.
Huang Lian is bitter and cold, and enters the Heart, Liver, and Stomach meridians.
Heart, Liver, Stomach, Large Intestine