Ban Bian Lian - Lobelia

TCM Materia Medica

Ban Bian Lian TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ban bian lian" which in english is "lobelia", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, lung and small intestine channels and exhibits 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: 15-30g

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

  • Promotes urination and reduces edema - ascites.
  • Cools the blood and reduces toxicity - good for snake bites and wasp stings.

As noted above, ban bian lian is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... there are two main types of dampness: accumulation of fluids in the body - edema, congested fluids (respiratory and digestive system). these herbs are good for edema below the wais…)".

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