Prunella vulgaris:Selfheal,Prunella spike,Xia Ku Cao,a pungent magical herb,its botanical introduction,history legend,and its uses since ancient till today.


Applications and Properties:


Selfheal Fruit-spike Prunella Vulgaris Spica Prunellae Prunella spikeAstringent and antiseptic.Wounds healer.
Herpes infection.Reducing Liver-fire to brighten vision.Immune system booster.
Blood rheology.Lower blood pressure.Lower blood sugar.Lower blood cholesterol.
Acute cardiac infarction and the blood pressure.Cardiac muscle.
Uterus and gut effects.Diuretic.Bone marrow normoblast.
Thymus,the spleen and the adrenal glands.Clearing away evil fire and resolving mass.
Clear heat or clear fire,improving eyesight,removing liver-fire for improving eyesight,eliminating stagnation(removing stasis),detoxification,reduce the swelling.


The herb is often useful for treating liver disorders, and it has been prescribed by herbalists in cases of jaundice, hepatitis and general weakness of the liver. Prunella is beneficial for limited internal bleeding and can also be valuable in cases of diarrhea, flatulence and gastritis, as well as the expulsion of intestinal parasites. Prunella is believed to have antibacteria and strong antiviral properties; and in the treatment of Grave's disease, the herb has been effective in combination with Bugleweed.

The herb taste pungent(hot) bitterness,nature cold(?warm).Enter into liver and Gallbladder meridians.

The herb is indicated in TCM for hot red eyes with pain swelling,eye ball pains,eye ball pain at night,eye problems photophobia,headache and vertigo,tinnitus(ringing in the ears),scrofula(struma,crewels),gall,acute mastitis swollen pains,mumps,carbuncle furunculosis toxic swellings,thyromegaly,crewels(glandular phthisis,lymphoid tuberculosis),hyperplasia of mammary glands,acute hepatitis,Chronic Hepatitis,hypertension(high blood pressure).

In Europe,it suggested in folk medicine for inflammatory disease and ulcers in the mouth and throat,gastrointestinal catarrh,as a remedy for diarrhea,hemorrhage,and gynecological disorders.

Suggested dosage:internal as decoction 6~15grams(or 9~15 grams),big dose could be 30 grams;or decoct paste or into pellet,powder.External proper amount as decoction wash or pound paste.Cautions should be paid that cases deficiency spleen stomach should use with care.Store at dry place.

Safety and Toxicity:

Selfheal Fruit-spike Prunella Vulgaris Spica Prunellae Prunella spikeToxicity: Experiments show that at 10g/kg, Xia Ku Cao does not cause death to mice. Subacute toxicity tests on rats and dogs indicate that the herb does not affect their hemogram, nor does it harm the functions of the liver the kidney, or other vital internal organs. Ames test shows that the herb does not cause mutation.

"No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages."


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  • Name:Selfheal Fruit-spike Extract
  • Serie No:R039.
  • Specifications:10:1 TLC.
  • EINECS/ELINCS No.:290-211-6
  • CAS:90105-92-3
  • Chem/IUPAC Name:Prunella Vulgaris Extract is an extract of the leaves of Prunella vulgaris,Lamiaceae.
  • Other Names:Spica Prunellae Extract.Prunella spike,Selfheal,Spica Prunellae ,Prunella vulgaris L.,Prunella vulgaris Linn.(Prunella vulgaris L. var. lanceolata (Barton)),Selfheal spike,All Heal Brunella,Brunella,Blue Curls,Carpenter-weed,Carpenter's Herb,Consolida Minor,Dragonhead,Hook-Heal,Hercules' Woundwort,Hook-Heal,Lance Selfheal,Slough-Heal,Slough Heal,Sicklewort,Bang Zhutou Cao,Denglong Tou Cao,Xia Ku Cao.

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Selfheal Fruit-spike Extract INCI Name Prunella Vulgaris Extract CAS 90105-92-3 EINECS ELINCS No 290-211-6 Spica Prunellae Prunella spike Xiakucao fruit-spike of Prunella vulgaris L

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