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YIN CHEN

Other Names:

Armoise à Balais, Armoise Capillaire, Artemisia capillaris, Artemisia Officinalis, Artemisia scoparia, Capillary Wormwood, Ceinture de Saint-Jean, Chiu, Couronne de Saint-Jean, Herbe à Cent Goûts, In Chen, Inchin-Ko-To, Inchinko, Injin, Kawara-Y...
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YIN CHEN Overview
YIN CHEN Uses
YIN CHEN Side Effects
YIN CHEN Interactions
YIN CHEN Dosing
YIN CHEN Overview Information

Yin chen is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Yin chen is used to treat liver disease (hepatitis), gallstones, and high cholesterol. It is also used to stimulate the flow of bile from the gallbladder.

Yin chen is used for brain damage in newborns (kernicterus) caused by bile pigments in the blood (jaundice), fever and chills, bitter taste in the mouth, chest tightness, flank pain, dizziness, nausea, and loss of appetite. In addition, it is used for headache, constipation, painful urination, itching, tumors, mucus in the nose and throat, joint pain (rheumatism), painful menstrual periods, malaria, and muscle spasms.

In Chinese and Japanese herbal combinations, yin chen is used for jaundice with fever, painful urination, constipation, and stomachbloating.

Yin chen is contained in inchin-ko-to, a Kampo (Chinese/Japanese) medicine used to treat hepatitis C.

How does it work?

Yin chen is thought to contain chemicals that stimulate bile flow. This can help to treat gallstones. The oils in yin chen might also reduce fever, decrease swelling, increase urination, and kill fungus and bacteria.

YIN CHEN Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Hepatitis.
  • Yellowing of the skin due to bile pigment (jaundice).
  • Gallstones.
  • High cholesterol levels.
  • Hepatitis C infections.
  • Fever and chills.
  • Bitter taste in the mouth.
  • Chest tightness.
  • Flank pain.
  • Dizziness.
  • Nausea.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Headache.
  • Constipation.
  • Painful urination.
  • Itching.
  • Joint pain.
  • Painful menstrual periods.
  • Malaria.
  • Spasms.
  • Increasing bile flow from the gallbladder.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yin chen for these uses.


YIN CHEN Side Effects & Safety

Yin chen seems safe for most adults when taken by mouth. But don't attempt to treat liver or gallstone problems without medical advice.

Yin chen can cause nausea, bloating, dizziness, and heart problems.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use yin chen if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Don’t use it.

Children: Yin chen might be UNSAFE for children. Children under the age of 12 years should not use it except under the care of a physician.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Yin chen may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking yin chen.

YIN CHEN Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Lithium interacts with YIN CHEN

    Yin chen might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking yin chen might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.


YIN CHEN Dosing

The appropriate dose of yin chen depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for yin chen. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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