Bai Wei - Swallowwort Root

TCM Materia Medica

Bai Wei TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bai wei" which in english is "swallowwort root", is categorized within the "herbs that cool the blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) and salty (xian) 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: 6-15g

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

  • Clears heat and Cools Blood. Particularly useful for yin deficient fever, summertime fever in children, post partum fever, and within the recovery stage of a febrile disease
  • Cools Blood and Promotes Urine. Xue Lin, especially before or after giving birth.
  • Relieves toxicity. Toxic sores, swollen and painful throat, snake bite.

As noted above, bai wei is within the herbs that cool the blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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