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Zi Hua Di Ding (Herba Violae)——Ben Cao Gang Mu (Compendium of Materia Medica)
The Processing of 紫花地丁
The entire plants of Viola yedoensis Makino of family Violaceae.
From the downstream area of Yangtze River to southern provinces.
Collected in spring and autumn.
The actual smell and taste
Light smell, slightly bitter and sticky taste.
Complete Leaf in green color, yellow root without impurities.
Used in fresh, or dried for use without preparation.
The Effect of 紫花地丁
Bitter, pungent, cold; heart and liver meridians entered.
Clear heat and remove toxicity, cool blood and relieve swelling.
A. Sores and abscess due to heat-toxicity
It excels in clearing heat-toxicity in blood system of heart and liver meridians to further cool blood and relieve swelling. It is a commonly-used herb for treating deep-rooted boils, furuncles, sores, and abscess, red swelling with burning pain due to excessive heat-toxicity and blood heat accumulation, but it is especially good at treating deep-rooted boils. For deep-rooted boils with swollen pain, the pounded juicy from fresh products can be used singly for oral taking, while the dregs for topical applying. For example, its juice is taken singly in Qian Jin Fang; it is soaked in vinegar with salt after mixing with wheat flour and applied topically in Sun Tian Ren Ji Xiao Fang (Collection of Effective Prescription from Sun Tianren); it is combined with heat-clearing and toxicity-removing herbs to improve the effects, such as Jin Yin Hua, Pu Gong Ying and Ye Ju Hua, etc. , as in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin from Yi Zong Jin Jian. For mammary abscess, it is often combined with Pu Gong Ying by means of taking decoction, and applying dregs or pasting plaster simultaneously which are all effective, such as Di Ding Gao from Hui Zhi Tang Jing Yan Fang. For abdominal abscess, it is usually combined with toxicity-removing and blood-cooling, blood-activating and abscess-curing herbs, for example, Da Huang, Da Xue Teng and Mu Dan Pi, etc.
B. Venomous snake bites
It has a combined action of relieving snake venom. For venomous snake bite, it can be taken orally in fresh after pounding into juice, or combined with a little Xiong Huang and pounded for topical application. With the action of clearing heat and removing toxicity, it is also indicated for swollen and sore throat, dysentery, blood-shot eyes with swelling pain and warm disease caused by exo-pathogens.
In addition, it has a combined action of clearing excess heat from liver and stomach, and can be used in treating blood-shot eyes due to liver heat, mouth ulcer due to stomach heat.
Dosage and Administrations
Decoct 15~30 g. Fresh products in proper dosage are pounded for topical applying.
This bulk herb Zi Hua Di Ding 紫花地丁 Philippine Violet Herb Herba Violae Viola Yedoensis Makino is of premium quality. Our bulk Chinese herbs are mostly wild harvested but some herbs are farm grown to protect their natural habitats and meet incremental market demands. The harvests of right species at proper maturity are identified by experienced professionals, cleaned, cut or sliced, and dried. Cases, special processing methods such as soaking with rice wine, steaming, roasting are applied as mandated by traditional Chinese medicine traditions to prepare the Chinese herbs to achieve desired properties, enhance efficacy, and reduce toxicity.
In the course of formulas to enhance each other's desirable action and to minimize any potential side effect. In TCM, Chinese herbs are mostly combined in the context of formulas to enhance each other's desirable action and to minimize any potential side effect.