Bai Bu - Stemona Root

TCM Materia Medica

Bai Bu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bai bu" which in english is "stemona root", is categorized within the "herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku), 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: 3-9g

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

  • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - chronic and acute cough, especially for deficient coughs.
  • Expels parasites, kills lice - topically for lice, internally for pinworms.

As noted above, bai bu is within the herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... generally useful for symptoms involving coughing and wheezing. often combined with other herbs to treat the overall pattern (root). )".

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