PLANT NAME: Youngia japonica (L.) DC.
OTHER NAMES: Chondrilla lyrata, Crepis japonica, Prenanthes japonica, Prenanthes lyrata, Prenanthes multiflora, Youngia lyrata, Youngia thunbergiana.
COMMON NAMES: Oriental hawksbeard, asiatic hawksbeard [English].
FAMILY: Asteraceae (daisy family).
CATEGORY: Clear heat and poison ~.
PROPERTIES: Sweet, bitter, cool.
PLANT PART USED: Whole plant.
PREPARATION OF MEDICINE: Decocted. Mashed for topical use.
WESTERN FUNCTIONS REPORTED:Antidote; anti-inflammatory; antitussive; diuretic; febrifuge.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE ENERGETIC FUNCTIONS (~ = extrapolated):
Clears heat & reduces inflammation.
RANGE: Native to Southeast Asia.
RESEARCH: Methanol extracts of Youngia japonica are antibacterial [Yang 1995].
ENERGETIC CAUTIONS: Caution with cold deficient Spleen / Stomach ~.
Although it is sometimes difficult to find enough to use in a a formula, it can be useful as a second level (back-up) herb in formulas for infections. Similar plants might include Stachytarpheta, Vernonia, Emilia, Taraxacum, and Sonchus. First level (primary) herbs might include Bidens, Musa, Waltheria, Prunella, Hedyotis, or Usnea.