Bai He Gu Jin Wan - Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal - TCM Herbal Formula

Chinese Name: Bai He Gu Jin Wan
English Name: Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal

Formula Category

Clinical Usage and Indications

For lung and kidney yin deficiency with signs such as dry cough, possibly with blood streaked sputum, dry and sore throat, heat in the five palms, nightsweats, wheezing.

The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

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Cautions and Contraindications:

None at this time.  As always consult with an acupuncturist/herbalist before use.

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Individual Chinese Herbs In This Formula:

  • Bai He
  • Herb Functions
    • Moisten the lungs, clear heat, and stop coughing - cough from dry lungs or lung heat, sore throat.
    • Clear heat and calm the spirit - low fever, insomnia, restlessness, irritability in the aftermath of a febrile disease, palpitations from qi and/or yin deficiency.

  • Bai Shao
  • Herb Functions
    • Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang).
    • Calms liver yang, alleviates pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen due to liver yang rising - cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
    • Preserves yin, adjusts ying and wei levels - vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea, exterior wind-cold from deficiency with continuous sweating, spontaneous sweating, night sweats.

  • Contraindications
    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.

  • Chuan Bei Mu
  • Herb Functions
    • Clears heat, transforms phlegm, stops many types of cough (chronic, yin-deficient, difficult to expectorate phlegm, blood streaked sputum); best for cough with stifling sensation in the chest and upper abdomen (constrained qi).
    • Clears heat, dissipates nodules due to heat - sores, swellings, scrofula, lung or breast abscess.

  • Contraindications

  • Dang Gui
  • Herb Functions
    • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
    • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
    • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
    • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.

  • Gan Cao
  • Herb Functions
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).

  • Contraindications
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.

  • Jie Geng
  • Herb Functions
    • Opens up and disseminates lung qi, expels phlegm - cough (wind-heat/cold), benefits the throat (sore, loss of voice).
    • Promotes discharge of pus.
    • Guides other herbs to the upper body.

  • Mai Men Dong
  • Herb Functions
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood.
    • Augments stomach yin, generates fluids - dry tongue and mouth.
    • Clears heat and eliminates irritability due to yin deficiency or a warm-febrile disease in the ying level - particularly when symptoms are worse at night.
    • Moistens the intestines - constipation.

  • Sheng Di Huang
  • Herb Functions
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood.
    • Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mouth, low-grade fever, constipation, throat pain from yin deficiency.
    • Cools Ascending Heart Fire (HT, LV). Mouth and tongue sores, irritability, insomnia, malar flush.
    • Wasting thirst disorder.

  • Contraindications
    Spleen Deficiency, Yang Deficiency, Damp Phlegm, Digestion Difficulties.
  • Shu Di Huang
  • Herb Functions
    • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
    • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
    • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.

  • Xuan Shen
  • Herb Functions
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. Bleeding, fever, dry mouth, purplish tongue.
    • Nourishes Yin. Particularly for the sequel of warm febrile disease with constipation, irritability.
    • Drains Fire, Relieves Toxicity. Swollen, red eyes, sore throat.
    • Softens Harness (salty), Dissipates phlegm fire nodules. Swollen, sore throat, neck lumps.

  • Contraindications
    Incompatible with Li Lu.