Ban Zhi Lian - Barbat Skullcap, Scutellaria

TCM Materia Medica

Ban Zhi Lian TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ban zhi lian" which in english is Ban Zhi Lian herb"barbat skullcap, scutellaria", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, liver, lung and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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: 16-60g

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

  • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, invigorates blood, reduces swelling - furuncles, sores, abscesses.
  • Recently used for cancers and chronic hepatitis.

Ban Zhi Lian may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: cancer, furuncles (boils) and/or hepatitis (b or c)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ban zhi lian is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewKang Zhong Wan (Cancer Support Pill)

A modern formula with a range of Chinese herbs that can be supportive to other cancer treatments.  Most of the herbs in the formula have shown some anti-cancer properties in studies (human or animal)…

As noted above, ban zhi lian is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically sick. )".

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