Pu Huang

Pu Huang is also named Pollen Typhae, 蒲黄, 蒲黄炭, Pu Huang Tan
Pu Huang
Pu Huang
Stir-baked Pu Huang
Stir-baked Pu Huang

Naming

Pu Huang (Pollen Typhae)——Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (Shen Nong’s Herbal)

Origin

The dry pollen of the hydrophily herbaceous plant Typha angustifolia, T. orientalis Presl or sibling plant of family Bulrush.

Location

Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui provinces in China.

Harvest

Collected in summer.

The actual smell and taste

Light smell and taste.

Best quality

Dry, bright yellow color, light, fine and velvet, cleaned and purified.

Processing

Pick the yellow male anthotaxy on the cattail's spile, dried in the sun and ground and screened; unprocessed or stir-baked.

Property

Sweet, neutral; liver and heart meridians entered.

Actions

Stop bleeding, resolve stasis, induce diuresis.

Indications

A. Bleeding

This herb is sweet in flavor and neutral in nature. It is good at stopping bleeding astringently with the actions of promoting blood circulation and resolving blood stasis. The characteristic of this herb is similar to that of San Qi. Both can stop bleeding without retaining blood stasis. It is indicated for various bleeding due to heat or cold, with or without stasis, especially to excess syndrome with stasis. For traumatic hemorrhage, it is applied on the wound externally. For hematemesis, epistaxis, hemoptysis, hematuria, metrorrhagia and metrostaxis and so on, it is infused in the water alone. It is also combined with other hemostatics.

B. Pain due to blood stasis

This herb is pungent in flavor and can promote blood circulation and induce menstruation, remove stasis and alleviate pain. It is indicated for traumatic injuries, dysmenorrhea, postpartum pain, pectoral and abdominal pain due to blood stasis, especially indicated for gynecological diseases. For traumatic injuries, it is used singly or taken with warm wine. For pectoral and abdominal pain, postpartum pain and dysmenorrhea, etc. due to blood stasis, it is reinforced by the combination with other stasis-resolving and pain-alleviating herbs. For instance it is combined with Wu Ling Zhi in Shi Xiao San from Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang.

C. Blood stranguria and hematuria

This herb can not only stop bleeding but also induce diuresis. So it is indicated for stranguria and hematuria. It is usually combined with herbs of clearing heat and cooling blood, inducing diuresis and relieving stranguria. For instance it is combined with Sheng Di and Dong Kui Zi in Pu Huang San from Zheng Zhi Zhun Sheng.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 3~10 g wrapped. Proper dose for external application in powder or mixed. Stir-bake it for stopping bleeding; use the unprocessed for removing stasis and promoting diuresis.

Cautions

Use with cautions for pregnant women.