Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae)

Common Name: forsythia capsule
TCM Category: Clear Heat, Eliminate Toxins
TCM Functions: Clears Heat and Eliminates Toxins (esp. for abscesses and sores); Clears Heat (incl. Exterior Wind Heat)
Relevant Pharmacological Effects*: Laboratory studies indicate that Lian Qiao has broad spectrum antibiotic actions and anti-inflammatory effects.

*Listed pharmacological effects and information about laboratory studies come from Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology by John Chen and Tina Chen.