Bai Fu Zi - Typhonium Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Bai Fu Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bai fu zi" which in english is "typhonium rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that transform phlegm cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, 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: 1.5-6g

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

  • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm, expels wind-cold, stops spasms - wind-phlegm affecting the head including wind stroke, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, migraines.
  • Relieves toxicity, dissipates nodules - snake bite, scrofula.

Bai Fu Zi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Toxic - Avoid during Pregnancy.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, bai fu zi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

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Bell's Palsy, facial paralysis, slurry of speech, difficulty swallowing. Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attack.

As noted above, bai fu zi is within the herbs that transform phlegm cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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