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