TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "bai bian dou" which in english is "hyacinth bean", is categorized within the "herbs that clear and relieve summerheat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the spleen and stomach channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Bai Bian Dou, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence summer heat.
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, bai bian dou is generally included in the following 2 formulas:
As noted above, bai bian dou is within the herbs that clear and relieve summerheat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
(truncated intro "... summer-heat is characterized by fever, sweating, irritability, diarrhea, and/or thirst. )".