A daily traditional Chinese medicine——Zihuadiding

Zihuadiding is a whole herb of Violaceae Violaceae perennial herb with roots. Produced in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River Basin in my country to the southern provinces. Harvest when the fruit is ripe in summer, wash and dry in the sun. Fresh use can be collected at any time, all cut into sections for raw use.

【Prescription Name】

Viola , Diding.

【Meridians of Sex and Flavor】

Bitter, Xin, cold. GUIXIN, Liver Channel.

【Efficacy and indications】

This product is bitter Xin San, cold to clear away heat, enter the heart and liver to move blood, and can clear away heat and detoxify, cool blood and reduce swelling, it is a general medicine for treating carbuncle and swollen furuncle. And to treat furunculosis as its specialty, it is suitable for oral administration and external application. It can also cool blood and detoxify snakes.

1. Clear heat and detoxify, cool blood and detumescence: used for furuncle carbuncle, milk carbuncle, intestinal abscess caused by accumulation of heat and toxin , erysipelas and other heat-toxin sore syndromes. The fresh product can be pounded into juice and taken orally, and its residue can be applied to the affected area; or it can be used with dandelion, silver flower and forsythia.

2. Snake venom detoxification: To treat snake venom bites, fresh products are pounded into juice for oral administration, or with a little realgar, smashed for external application.

In addition, it is used in combination with chrysanthemum and cicada slough for liver heat, red eyes, swelling and pain.

【Dosage and Usage】

9~15 grams , decoction. Single taste can reach 30-60 grams. Appropriate amount of fresh product mashed and applied to affected area.

【Caution for use】

Its nature is bitter and cold, Therefore, those with sores and carbuncles who are not fire poisons should not use it.


“Compendium of Materia Medica” : “All carbuncles and gangrene on the back, swollen scrofula, unknown swelling, malignant sores.”

“Materia Medica Justice”: “Diding Specialty It is a general medicine for carbuncle, swollen and furuncle poison….It is pungent, cool and swollen, good at reducing fever, but it is suitable for stagnation of blood heat, redness, swelling, and rash. It is inappropriate.”

Pharmaceutical ingredients: This product contains glycosides, flavonoids, wax (waxic acid and unsaturated acid) and other esters kind.

Pharmacology: In vitro tests have inhibitory effects on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus, Pneumococcus, skin fungi and Leptospira.

(The content is taken from the textbook “Chinese Medicine” edited by Yang Yongliang)