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Herbs A-E

Bai Mao Gen – Bai Mao Gen(白茅根)or Cogongrass Rhizome is a herb is sweet in flavor, cold in nature, which acts on the heart, lung, stomach and urinary bladder channels. Being sweet and cold for clearing heat and moistening dryness, and acting on blood in the heart channel, the herb can clear heat from blood to stop bleeding; acting on Qi in the lung and stomach, the herb can clear heat from the lung and stomach to promote body fluids and moisten dryness. As a sweet herb, it can induce diuresis to treat stranguria. Therefore, the herb is indicated for bleeding due to blood-heat, dryness-heat in the lung and stomach, strangury due to heat, and difficulty and pain in urination.

Bai Ji – Bai Ji(白茅根)or Hyacinth Bletilla is bitter-sweet and puckery in flavor, slightly cold in nature. It acts on the lungs, the liver and stomach channels. Being sticky, puckery and acting on blood; having strong effect of stopping bleeding by astringency, the herb is also indicated for hemoptysis, traumatic bleeding and other kinds of bleeding caused by hurt in the lung and stomach. With its astringing nature, it can also be used to heal wounds and promote tissue regeneration.

Bai Qian – Bai Qian(白前), or Cynanchum Stauntonii, is used in treatments of cough due to influenza, bronchitis, asthma with abundance of phlegm. Usually bai qian is being used together with zi wan and ban xia. It can be used in both cold type and hot type of cough.

Bai Zhu – Bai Zhu(白前), or Rhizoma Atractylodis is commonly used to treat liver cirrhosis, and liver cancer. In case of yinxu, raw bai zhu can also be used with other herbs according to diagnostics. Other indications: children drooling, Meniere’s disease, constipation, chronic back pain, acute infection of intestine and low white cell count.

Ban Xia – Ban xia(半 夏), is one of the most important herbs in Chinese Medicine to transform phlegm and stop coughing. The herb is warm and drying and should be used only in people who are not hot or dry (known as “Yin deficient”.) It is used in small 3-6 gram dosages in herbal formulas to warmly dry the lungs, to stop nausea and vomiting and to address goiters or scrofula. Slices of the dried root are also used as a base for moxibustion. Because the raw root is toxic, it is soaked in water to remove oxalates and other irritants, or processed with ginger. Unprocessed root is only used externally in Chinese Medicine.

Bei Sha Shen – Bei Sha Shen (北沙參) is native to eastern Asia, particularly eastern China, Japan, and far-eastern Russia, and western North America from Alaska to northern California. The plant is best known as a Chinese herbal remedy for cough.

Bie Jia – Bie Jia(鳖甲), also known as Chinese Soft Turtle Shell is used to nourish the yin, anchor yang – yin deficiency with fever, steaming bone, night sweats, and is also often used when these symptoms are accompanied by internal liver wind symptoms. Bie Jia invigorates the blood, promotes menses, dissipates nodules – chest and flank accumulations causing pain, amenorrhea, malarial disorders with palpable masses, excessive menses due to heat in the blood.

Cang Zhu – Cāng zhú (苍术), also known as black Atractylodes rhizome or Rhizoma Atractylodes, is a Chinese herbal medicine. It is the dried rhizome of Atractylodes Lancea or Atractylodes chinensis or other local species including Atractylodes japonica Koidz. The medicine is distinguished from bái zhú (白术 or 白朮, white atractylodes rhizome from Atractylodes macrocephala), which is typically cultivated, whereas cāng zhú more often tends to be collected from the wild. In traditional Chinese medicine the herb is described as spicy or pungent, bitter, warm, and aromatic, acting on the spleen and stomach meridians.

Chi Shao – Peony (赤芍) comes in two varieties: bai shao(white) and chi shao (red), the root of the plant is used in both varieties. Chi Shao (common Name: Red Peony Root) has the following TCM. qualities: Sour, Bitter, Cool. Meridians: Liver, Spleen. It Clears the heat, cools blood, invigorates blood and dispel stasis to treat irregular menses, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal pain, and fixed abdominal masses.

Chuan Xu Duan – Chuan Xu Duan (川续断), or Japanese Teasel Root is used to tonify liver and kidney, strengthen sinews and bones, addressing lower back and/or knee weakness and pain and stiff joints. It tonifies without causing stagnation. The root can also stop uterine bleeding, calm the fetus (or the related bleeding during pregnancy), and the risk of miscarriage. It can also be used to promote blood circulation, alleviate pain and traumatic injuries in the lower back and legs, external conditions such as sores.

Bai He – Bai He(百合), or Lilium Brownii, is indicated for: chronic cough, blood-streaked sputum, difficult to solve chronic low grade fever, insomnia with abundance of dreams, inability to concentrate, restlessness, irritability due to chronic febrile disease with yinxu (yin deficient) Also for palpitations due to qixu (qi deficient) 氣虛 and yinxu (yin deficient). Main applications include: treating of stomach ulcers, treatment of pain in solar plexus because of spleen deficient, treatment of Dengue Fever during frequent urination period, treatment of neurasthenia and treatment of boils.

Bai Ji Li – Bai Ji Li(白蒺藜), better known as Tribulus terrestris, is mainly produced in north eastern China, as wel as in Qinghai and Xizang regions, and along the Yangtze River of China. It is mainly indicated for: achy loin due to deficiency, spermatorrhea and leukorrhea, headache, dizziness, pink eyes with tears, keratitis, cloudiness in the cornea, chronic bronchitis with coughing, (maternal) milk not flowing, itchiness, rash, vitiligo.

Bai Wei – Bai Wei(白薇), or Swallowwort Root, relieves heat, edema, snake bite, toxic sores, swollen and painful throat; it also promotes urination. Cardiac tonic ingredients of bai wei stimulate the heart muscle and improve contraction and slow down heart rate. Bai Wei can also inhibit pneumococcus.

Ban Lan Gen – Bǎn lán gēn (板藍根) is a traditional Chinese medicine herb that comes from the roots of wood, but often incorrectly listed under the synonymic name, Isatis indigotica. It is also known as Radix isatidis. The herb is cultivated in various regions of northern China. The roots are harvested during the autumn and dried. The dried root is then processed into granules, which are consumed dissolved in hot water or tea. Ban Lan Gen is used to remove toxic heat, soothe sore throat and to treat influenza, syphilis, or scarlet fever. It is also used for pharyngitis, laryngitis, erysipelas, and carbuncle, and to prevent hepatitis A, epidemic meningitis, cancer and inflammation.

Bai Shao – Chinese Peony (白芍)), pronounced in Chinese “sháo” or “bái sháo”; “bái” meaning “white”), and common garden peony is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Paeoniaceae, native to central and eastern Asia from eastern Tibet across northern China to eastern Siberia. It is used as a medicinal herb in traditional Chinese medicine, to reduce fever and pain, and on wounds to stop bleeding and prevent infection. An antispasmodic effect is also recorded in the Japanese pharmacopoeia. The leaves of many cultivars are high in oleanolic and ursolic acid.

Bei Xing Ren – Bei Xing Ren(北杏仁)or Ku Xing Ren is also known as Bitter Apricot Kernel. The warm, bitter and slightly toxic herb has been used in TCM to treat coughing and asthma, enhance bowl movement. moisten the intestine, etc, as it calms cough and asthma, enhances expelling of phlegm, stop constipation, etc., by enhancing the function of lung and large intestine channels.

Bing Lang – Bing Lang(槟榔), or Semen Arecae Catechu, also known as Betel Nut can be used to kill and expel tapeworms, fasciolopsis, pinworms, roundworms, and blood flukes. Contraindications/ toxicity: overdoses can cause increased salivation, vomiting, diuresis, and stupor.

Chen Pi – Chen pi(陈皮)is sun-dried tangerine (mandarin) peel used as a traditional seasoning in Chinese cooking and traditional medicine. They are aged by storing them dry. They have a pungent with bitter taste.

Chuan Lian Zi – Chuan Lian Zi(川楝子), known as Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit promotes the movement of Qi and stops pain (flank, rib, or abdominal pain due to liver qi stagnation or liver-stomach disharmony); it also helps with hernial disorders, and is good with heat signs. It clears heat, dries dampness, regulates qi, alleviates pain due to damp-heat stagnant qi. Furthermore, it kills parasites and stops pain associated with presence of roundworms and tape worms. It can be compared to Xia Ku Cao, Long Dan Cao, Zhi Zi for its usage in clearing liver heat function.

Da Fu Pi – Da Fu Pi(大腹皮)is known as Areca Peel, or Betel Husk. It promotes the downward movement of Qi, reduces stagnation (such as food stagnation and qi obstruction with epigastric and abdominal distention), belching, acid regurgitation, constipation. It also expels damp, promoting urination – edema, dampness in the stomach and intestines.