Prime Health Coptis

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Prime Health Coptis (8 fl oz)

Coptis stimulates the body's natural bile flow mechanism, thereby improving the functioning of both the liver and gallbladder.


Coptis, Chinese Scutelleria, Qing Pi, Zhi Shi.

  • The primary ingredient of Coptis is Huang Lian, also known as Rhizoma Coptidis or Goldthread. According to medical research, the active constituent of Huang Lian is berberine, which may be good for the heart. Coptis was used by the Native Americans as a folk remedy for canker sores and mouth sores. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is considered a healing herb, and is believed to ward off disease. It is also used to stimulate bile flow. Coptis should not be consumed by newborns, or by women during pregnancy or lactation.
  • The secondary ingredient of Coptis is Scutellaria, also known as Huang Qin, Baikal Skullcap, or Scutellaria Baicalensis. In traditional Chinese medicine, Huang Qin is believed to "clear heat", particularly in the abdomen.
  • The third and fourth ingredients of Coptis are Qing Pi (also known as Green Tangerine Peel, or Citri Reticulatae Viride Pericarpium) and Zhi Shi (also known as Immature Bitter Orange, or Aurantii Fructus). As their names imply, these are parts of citrus fruit, and have the characteristics of such. In traditional Chinese medicine, Qing Pi is believed to "spread liver chi"[3], while Zhi Shi is believed to "break up chi stagnation" and "direct chi downward."

Suggested Use

1 teaspoon (about 5 mL) to 1 tablespoon (about 15 mL) once daily on an empty stomach before bedtime. Be warned that the taste of Coptis is extremely bitter (more so than other tinctures).

Precautions: Some users may experience harder than normal stools initially. This is normal and is caused by the increase in bile flow which improves digestion and intestinal wall lubrication, hence the stool moves faster and becomes "packed" at the end. To alleviate this initial reaction, it is helpful to wake up earlier than normal and drink 2 glasses of warm water, followed by low-intensity exercise (all before you eat your breakfast). This will help "activate" your intestinal movements and your kidneys. Avoid use when pregnant or lactating.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition.