Bai Guo - Ginkgo Nut

TCM Materia Medica

Bai Guo TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bai guo" which in english is Bai Guo herb"ginkgo nut", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku), 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:

  • Dosage: 4.5-9g

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

  • Nourish the lungs, stop wheezing - cough with copious sputum.
  • Eliminate dampness, stop discharges - leukorrhea, turbid/frequent urine, deficiency and damp heat patterns.
  • Stabilize the lower burner - urinary frequency, incontinence, spermatorrhea.

A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Bai Guo, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence bladder damp heat.

Bai Guo may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: cough, leukorrhea, spermatorrhea and/or urinary disorders (lin disease)

As noted above, bai guo is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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