Coptis is considered one of the most potent heat clearing herbs in the TCM pharmacy.
It has many well studied pharmacological effects including antibacterial, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulating.
Coptis is one of the primary sources of the plant alkaloid, berberine, thought to be the source of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties according to the University of Maryland Med Center.
In TCM, it's frequently used for:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Liver function
- Skin disorders.
Recent studies support its traditional use, showing positive results for ameliorating oxidative stress of the skin and improving acne by 45% after just four weeks of use.
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