by Health Concerns

Audio Description

Therapeutic Actions

  1. Treats intense, acute, localized inflammations, skin eruptions such as hives, sore throat, strep throat, eye and ear infections, nasal and sinus infections, herpes simplex outbreaks, pelvic inflammatory disease, tooth abscess, oral ulcers, nasal infections, and mouth ulcers
  2. Treats chronic Liver Fire conditions, chronic skin eruptions (eczema), facial flushing, red eyes, migraine headaches, urinary tract infections
  3. Treats constipation associated with illnesses and high fevers
  4. Useful for hot flashes

Chinese Therapeutic Effects

Purges fire and toxins
Dries dampness


Internal: 3 tablets TID, between meals. In acute conditions, you may use 3 tablets 4 to 6 times per day
90 tablets, 750 mg., 10 day supply
Contraindications: Strong cooling formula, reduce dosage or discontinue if diarrhea occurs


Coptis rhizome (huang lian), Lophatherum herb (dan zhu ye), Bupleurum root (chai hu), Rehmannia (raw) root (sheng di huang), Tang Kuei root (dang gui), White Peony root (bai shao), Akebia Trifoliata caulis (mu tong), Anemarrhena root (zhi mu), Phellodendron cortex (huang bai), Gentiana root (long dan cao), Alisma rhizome (ze xie), Plantago seed (che qian zi), Scute root (huang qin), Sophora root (ku shen), Forsythia fruit (lian qiao), Gardenia fruit (zhi zi), Licorice root (gan cao)

Pinyin Reference: Modified Long Dan Xie Gan Wan 


Coptis Purge Fire is intended to treat intense, localized, excess inflammations in individuals with strong constitutions. The formula is a combination of three traditional formulas: Coptis and Scute Combination, Rehmannia and Akebia Combination, and Gentiana Combination (Long Dan Xie Gan Tang). These, along with forsythia (lian qiao), lophatherum (dan zhu ye), phellodendron (huang bai), anemarrhena (zhi mu), gardenia (zhi zi) and sophora (ku shen) have strong anti-bacterial and in some cases, anti-viral effects. Bupleurum (chai hu) invigorates liver qi and is used for prolonged infections. Tang kuei (dang gui) invigorates the blood and alleviates pain. Plantago seed (che qian zi) and alisma (ze xie) facilitate the body's removal of toxins. Inflammation of the excess type tends to produce relatively large amounts of fluids which may appear as discharge or pus. Coptis Purge Fire contains sophora (ku shen) and akebia (mu tong) which clear heat and dry dampness.

Clinical Notes

  1. Effective for herpes outbreaks types I and II. Use 3 tablets 4 to 6 times per day
  2. Combine Coptis Purge Fire (1 to 3 TID) with Three Immortals (2 to 3 tablets 3 times per day) for hot flashes that are not resolved by Three Immortals alone
  3. For sinus or ear infections combine Coptis Purge Fire with Nasal Tabs (2 tablets of each formula, 4 to 6 times per day)
  4. See Health Concerns Newsletters: Vol. 12 No. 4 Diabetes II Complications of Diabetes (Gaeddert); Vol. 5 No. 1 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Chronic Digestive Disorders, Part Two (Gaeddert); Vol. 7 No. 4 Commonly Asked Practitioner Questions: Gynecology Issues (Gaeddert); Vol. 11 No. 2 Commonly Asked Practitioner Questions: Gynecology Issues, Part 2 (Gaeddert); Vol. 4 No. 2 Pre & Postmenstrual Syndromes (Fratkin); Vol. 4 No. 4 Damp Heat Dysmenorrhea & Unlocking Formula (Flaws); Vol. 17 No. 1 Sinus Infections, Part I (Gaeddert); Vol. 17 No. 2 Sinus Infections, Part II (Gaeddert)

Additional Information

  • Combine with Isatis Gold for acute infections
  • Take Astra Isatis at the sign of prodromal herpes eruption, or to prevent herpes
  • Follow with Astra 8 or Astra Isatis when warming the Spleen is indicated

Recently Viewed Products