Huang Bai (Amur Cork Tree Bark, Phellodendron) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Name: Huang Bai
English Name: Amur Cork Tree Bark, Phellodendron

Clinical Usage and Indications

  • Drains damp heat from the lower jiao - thick-yellow leukorrhea, foul-smelling diarrhea, dysentery; damp-heat pouring downward or hot leg qi - red, swollen, painful knees, legs, and/or feet; damp-heat jaundice.
  • Drains kidney fire with signs of yin deficiency - steaming bone disorder, night sweats, afternoon fever and sweating, nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea.
  • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - sores and lesions of the skin.

Functional Groups (Click for Summary/Study Notes)

Dosage and Preparation Notes

  • Dosage: 3-12g

Channels/Meridians Influenced

Associated Temperature and Taste

Cautions and Contraindications

There are currently no contraindications listed.

Staff Clinician Notes

There are no additional notes for this herb.

Herbal Formulas Which Include This Herb

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  • Wu Mei Wan

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    With parasites the tongue and pulse are less critical, with chronic conditions the Tongue may be red with a white coating.


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