Huang Lian Jie Du San (Coptis and Scute Combination) is one of the most commonly and strongest formulas for clearing “heat” from the body. It uses just four herbs: the “three Huangs” (Bai, Qin and Lian). Huang Lian is one of the nastiest tasting things in the world and I LOVE it! There is a Chinese saying that “My life is more bitter than Huang Lian”. The fourth herb, Zhi Zi helps drain the heat that the “huangs” have dislodged.
However, Huang Lian Jie Du San (Coptis and Scute Combination) is so bitter that it shouldn’t be used for too long. All that bitterness can dry out the stomach and otherwise damage it. I would say if you are unsupervised by someone a week on Huang Lian Jie Du San is enough. Not everything can be cured and if need be anti-biotics might be needed. Sorry to say but sometimes thats how it goes.