Ba Qia - Chinaroot Greenbier Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Ba Qia TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ba qia" which in english is "chinaroot greenbier rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that dispel wind dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits neutral (ping), sour (suan), sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 10-30g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Useful for arthritic conditions by expelling wind-damp and promoting urination.
  • Induces sweat and relieves the exterior - diarrhea, dysentery.
  • Can be used for hemorrhoids, skin infections, psoriasis, leukorrhea and STD's such as gonorrhea and syphilis via the function of eliminating toxic heat.
  • Used with diabetes via the kidney and liver systems.
  • Has anti-cancer properties - breast, stomach.

Ba Qia has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency.

A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Ba Qia, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence liver wind.

Ba Qia may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: arthritis (bi syndromes), breast cancer, diabetes type ii, dysentary, hemorrhoids, leukorrhea, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis (ra) and/or stomach cancer

As noted above, ba qia is within the herbs that dispel wind dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for wind-dampness from the muscle, sinews, joints, and bones; bi-syndromes. wind-predominant bi (xing bi) - pain moves from joint to joint. cold-predominant bi (tong bi) - severe, fixed pain that is made worse by cold. damp-predominant b…)".

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