What Is Yin Chai Hu
Yin Chai Hu also known as Radix Stellariae, Stellaria Root, or Starwort Root is the root of Stellaria dichotoma, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae. It first appeared in <Ben Cao Gang Mu Shi Yi> (a supplement to the compendium of materia medica) in the 30th year of Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1,765 AD).
This plant likes light and is cold and drought tolerant. It often grows on hillsides or grasslands at an altitude of 1,250-3,100 meters. It can be found in northern China, Mongolia, and Russia.
In the late spring and early summer when the buds of Stellaria dichotoma are sprouting or the late autumn when the plant is withering, people gather their roots, remove their impurities and fibrous roots, wash them with water, dry them in the sun, cut them into thick slices, and make them into Chinese herbal medicines.
Yin Chai Hu contains α-spinasterol glucoside, stigmaster-7-enol glucoside, ergostenol-7-glucoside, β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, α-spinasterol, stigmaster-7-enol, cyclotides, alkaloids, flavonoids, vanillic acid, 3,4-dimethoxycinnamic acid, dihydroferulic acid, 2,3,8-tri-o-methylellagic acid, volatile oils.
Generally, Yin Chai Hu with a yellowish-white and lustrous surface and the root head looking like a string of pearls is preferred.
According to <Ben Cao Gang Mu Shi Yi>, the medicinal property of Yin Chai Hu is slightly cold, with a sweet taste. It has a certain therapeutic effect on the pathological changes of liver and stomach meridians.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Yin Chai Hu is used to clear asthenic fever and cool blood, treat infantile malnutrition with fever, consumptive fever, hot flashes, night sweats, malaria, and allergic diseases. It is an important component of Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan.
- Anti-oxidation, anti-allergy, and anti-cancer.
- Anti-inflammation, inhibiting carrageenan-induced mouse foot swelling.
- Inhibiting sperm viability and reducing sperm survival rate.
- Reducing the lipid content of the aorta and preventing atherosclerosis.
- Inhibiting norepinephrine-induced rat aortic vasoconstriction and relaxing rat aortic blood vessels.
- Clearing heat and cooling blood, treating consumptive fever, hot flashes, night sweats, fever caused by yin deficiency.
- Clearing deficient heat, treating infantile malnutrition with fever, abdominal distension, thirst with emaciation, and dry hair caused by indigestion or parasitic malnutrition.
- Studies have found that its ethanol extract can effectively reduce the mortality of mice infected with Mycobacterium abscessus.
- It can be used in combination with Di Gu Pi (Cortex Lycii), Qing Hao (Sweet wormwood), and Bie Jia (Carapax Trionycis) to treat consumptive fever, hot flashes, night sweats, fever caused by yin deficiency.
- It can be used in combination with Zi Cao (Radix Arnebiae), Qing Hao (Sweet wormwood), Di Gu Pi (Cortex Lycii), and Chong Lou (Rhizoma Paridis) to relieve dysphoria with feverish sensation in the chest and persistent low fever.
- It can be used in combination with Hu Huang Lian (Rhizoma Picrorhizae), Ji Nei Jin (Endothelium Corneum Gigeriae Galli), and Shi Jun Zi (Fructus Quisqualis) to treat infantile malnutrition, thirst, emaciation, and dry hair.
- It can be used in combination with Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae), Ren Shen (Radix et Rhizoma Ginseng), and Bo He (Mentha) to invigorate the spleen and treat malnutrition.
At present, there is no literature report that it has toxic effects, and no data have been found to show that taking Yin Chai Hu at the prescribed dose will cause serious adverse reactions.
If you need to take it for a long time, please consult a professional doctor and formulate a reasonable medication plan.
Precautions and Warnings
- The dosage of Yin Chai Hu should be controlled between 3-9g.
- It can be made into decoction, pills, or powders.
- People who are allergic to Yin Chai Hu should not take it.
- People with wind-cold should not take it.
- People with blood deficiency and no fever should not take it.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take it.