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Houttuynia cordata (Houttuynia)

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Houttuynia is clinically used as per the specifications of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) actions, including to expel Heat and toxins and to reduce inflammation.


Botanical Name: 

  • Houttuynia cordata

Common Name(s): 

  • Houttuynia
  • Chameleon Plant
  • Fish Mint / Fish Leaf / Fish Wort
  • Rainbow Plant
  • Heart Leaf
  • Chinese Lizard Tail

Part Used: Herb Top
Percentage of Alcohol Used: 50%
Herb to Menstruum Ratio: 1:4
Production Method: Whole-herb Percolation Extraction
NPN#: 80104331


  • Houttuynia cordata (Houttuynia)
  • Gluten-Free Pharmaceutical-Grade Alcohol
  • Distilled Water


Remedy based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Adults 18 years and older - work up from 1 to 15 drops per day to a maximum of 30ml 4 times per day, or as directed by your health care provider.



  • If symptoms persist or worsen, or if new symptoms develop, discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.
  • No evidence of toxic side effects when ingested


  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product.

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*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

Additional Information About Houttuynia cordata (Houttuynia)

Houttuynia cordata, commonly known as chameleon plant, is a resilient herbaceous perennial native to Southeast Asia. Revered for its diverse medicinal properties, this herb has garnered attention for its potential therapeutic benefits.

Traditional Use
Deeply rooted in traditional Asian medicine, Houttuynia cordata has been utilized for centuries for its medicinal prowess. Historically has been used for a range of ailments from respiratory issues to promoting overall well-being. Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is considered a versatile herbal remedy.

Growing Conditions
Thriving in moist, shady environments, Houttuynia cordata is characterized by its heart-shaped leaves and small, inconspicuous flowers. The plant's resilience enables it to flourish in a variety of conditions, contributing to its widespread availability.

Houttuynia cordata is also referred to as the chameleon plant, a nod to its ability to adapt to different environments. Its adaptability mirrors its diverse range of applications in traditional medicine.

Rich in various bioactive compounds, Houttuynia cordata contains a diverse array of constituents, including flavonoids and alkaloids, which contribute to its medicinal properties.

Scientific Studies
Studies have shown that Houttuynia cordata has potential benefits for immune support and respiratory health. It has been found to inhibit NF-kappa-B, a key regulator of inflammatory responses, contributing to its anti-inflammatory effects.

Additionally, Houttuynia cordata reduces nitric oxide (NO) levels, a molecule involved in various physiological processes, including immune regulation and inflammation. It also lowers levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-a), a pro-inflammatory cytokine, and interferon-gamma, an immune-signaling molecule, indicating its ability to modulate immune responses.

Furthermore, Houttuynia cordata increases interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interleukin-10 (IL-10), both essential in immune regulation. Notably, it inhibits lipid peroxidation, a process linked to oxidative stress and inflammation, showcasing its potential as a multifaceted therapeutic agent.

Cautions and Side Effects
While generally regarded as safe, caution should be exercised, especially if one has known allergies to plants in the Saururaceae family. Additionally, it is not safe for use during pregnancy, and consulting a healthcare professional before use is advisable.

Houttuynia Cordata - Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia Cordata - Chameleon Plant


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Herbal Antivirals - Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections. By Stephen Harrod Buhner.
3. Houttuynia cordata Thunb: An Ethnopharmacological Review. Zhao Wu et al. Front Pharmacol. 2021 Sep 1:12:714694. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2021.714694. eCollection 2021. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34539401/
4. Therapeutic potentials of Houttuynia cordata Thunb. against inflammation and oxidative stress: A review. Khanchuila Shingnaisui et al. J Ethnopharmacol. 2018 Jun 28:220:35-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2018.03.038. Epub 2018 Mar 30. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29605674/

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    Stef Verified Buyer 11/10/2022
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    Can’t live without it.

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    Edith Verified Buyer 06/16/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Impressive results so far

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    Lily Verified Buyer 08/11/2022
    Rated 5 out of 5

    I appreciate that Apex tinctures are made with quality non-GMO herbs. I feel good using them so far.

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    Zoe Verified Buyer 10/12/2021
    Rated 5 out of 5

    really working for me

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What does a 1:4 ratio imply and how does it compare to 1:2 or 1:5+?

The ratio describes the concentration of a tincture. We use a 1:4 ratio, meaning 1 part dried herb (in grams) to 4 parts menstruum (the combined alcohol and herb).

A ratio of 1:5 has more liquid to the same amount of herb and is therefore more diluted.

A ratio of 1:10 or higher is very diluted and requires very high daily doses and is not recommended.

Tinctures made at 1:2 are often too concentrated for Lyme patients and commonly induce Herx reactions that can be very intense.

Most tinctures on the market are made at 1:5. We’ve chosen to use 1:4 to ensure greater potency while still being very safe and tolerable.

Does higher alcohol content mean an herbal tincture is more or less potent?

Using the correct alcohol percentage to extract the specific medicinal constituents of that herb is of highest importance when making a tincture. Using more or less alcohol essentially reflects the chemical nature of the compounds that we want to extract into the liquid portion.

A tincture made at 40% versus one made at 80% is not twice at strong. It simply implies that for the first herb, 40% alcohol will optimally extract the medicinal qualities. For the second herb, 80% is the concentration for optimal extraction.

We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our tinctures are made using the correct concentrations.

*Please note that not all herbal tinctures on the market are made with the appropriate alcohol concentration so use our site as a reference or conduct your own research to make sure you’re purchasing the best formulated tincture possible.

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