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Chinese Coptis

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Huang-lian, Chinese Gold-thread. This rare herb native to the cooler areas of China can be found as a groundcover along streams and in moist woodlands. Coptis prefers a thick forest mulch, acidic soil conditions nd an overstory of conifers and other evergreens. It is also extensively cultivated in the Szechwan province of China for use in traditional Chinese formulas. The bright yellow stringy roots are highly valued for their strong berberine content. Coptis is a heavy duty anti-microbial herb with a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine for treating gastrointestinal problems, gall bladder inflammation, abdominal cramping, and to control excessive bleeding. In addition, the roots have been used in preparations to relieve high fevers, sore throats, used externally for cankersores, pinkeye, swollen gums, and skin eruptions. Modern research has shown that the high berberine content in the roots has an antibiotic effect on patients with lung infections, vaginal infections and skin infections, along with enhancing bile production and showing a strong anti-fungal effect both internally and externally. In Traditional Chinese, Medicine Coptis is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs and is commonly found in herbal formulas. The glossy fern like foliage requires at least partial shade to full shade in hot summer areas and plenty of moisture and mulch to thrive. Chinese Coptis is at present being over harvested in its native habitat. World wide propagation of this excellent and rare botanical treasure is an exciting and worthwhile endeavor. Hardy to zone 5.

Latin Name Coptis chinensis
 
 
 
 
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