Bai Zhi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages
The TCM herb "bai zhi" which in english is "angelica root", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and stomach channels and exhibits acrid 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
- Expels wind-cold, dampness
- Opens nasal passages, sinus congestion (particularly with green discharge), alleviates pain (especially in the head region)
- Resolve wind-cold symptoms especially with headaches (yangming - ST), supraorbital pain, congestion
- Useful for swollen gums and toothache
Bai Zhi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
- Avoid in Yin/Blood deficiency
- Avoid in Heat in the Blood
Bai Zhi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: sinus infection
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, bai zhi is generally included in the following 13 formulas:
Bao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills) - Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen.
Bi Yan Wan (Nose Inflammation Tablets) - For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combinatio…
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills) - Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-hea…
Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan (Indigo Combo Pills) - Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the …
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan (Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi) - Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to col…
Pian Tou Tong Wan (Migraine Pills) - Headaches and/or migraines caused by liver yang or liver fi…
Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan (Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction) - Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the chann…
Te Xiao Bi Min Gan Wan (Specially Effective Nasal Allergy Pills) - Generally useful for a range of allergy symptoms - seasonal…
Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan (Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills) - Stiffness, pain, and/or tightness of the neck.
Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction) - Blood stagnation particularly in the head - migraines and/o…
Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life) - Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins -…
Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder) - Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or …
Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tong Wan (Corydalis Powder) - Pain of all types from qi and blood stagnation - often comb…
As noted above, bai zhi is within the herbs that release the exterior wind cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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