This formula is from the Zhong Yi Wai Ke Xue Jiang Yi ("Chinese Medicine External Medicine Teaching Materials"), a contemporary Chinese medical textbook on external conditions, including dermatology. Ma Chao-ying and Li Yuan-shi recommend it for the treatment of herpes simplex in Bing Du Xing Ji Bing De Zhong Yi Zhi Liao ("The Chinese Medical Treatment of Viral Diseases").
Clears heat and cools the blood, disperses swelling[P\ and resolves toxins
Pure vegetable oils
Fu Rong Hua (Flos Hibisci Mutabilis)
Do not use on an already open and especially not on an oozing, wet sore.
Method of Use
Apply externally at the first sign of a cold sore eruption before the lesion has ruptured.
According to the Zhong Yao Da Ci Dian ("Great Dictionary of Chinese Medicinals"), Fu Rong Hua (Flos Hibisci Mutabilis) is acrid and neutral and enters the lung and liver channels. It clears heat and cools the blood, resolves toxins and disperses swelling. It is used externally for the treatment of various kinds of sores and welling abscesses. Hong-yen Hsu et al., in Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide, say that this medicinal is specifically indicated for herpes zoster, while Shen De-hui et al., in Manual of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine, say that it treats “all patterns of herpes simplex.”
For external use only. Keep out of the reach of children.