Xia ku cao used in Chinese medicine, United Kingdom, 2005

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2005 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Xiakucao (Spica Prunellae Vulgaris) NB - Herbs currently sealed in packet. Front view of packet. Black background.
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Xiakucao (Spica Prunellae Vulgaris) NB - Herbs currently sealed in packet. Close up of open packet. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Xia ku cao (Spica prunellae vulgaris) used in Chinese medicine, UK, 2005

Known in Chinese as Xia ku cao, the plant Spica prunellae vulgaris is used in Chinese medicine to treat redness, swelling and eye complaints. The bitter tasting plant is administered with the intent of targeting the liver and the lungs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the taste of a herb or plant is thought to indicate its use. Xia ku cao is also used with other ingredients to treat a wide range of conditions. The package was purchased in London from Beijing Tong Ren Tang, a maker of Traditional Chinese Medicines.

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Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
2005-674
type:
herbal medicine
taxonomy:
  • drug
status:
Permanent collection

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