Chao Huang Bai - Dry Fried Amur Cork Tree Bark

TCM Materia Medica

Chao Huang Bai TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "chao huang bai" which in english is "dry fried amur cork tree bark", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and dry dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and urinary bladder channels and exhibits 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: 3-12g

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

  • The is the dry fried version of Huang Bai.  For general indications see the Huang Bai page.  Dry frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold properties of this herb.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, chao huang bai is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewDa Bu Yin Wan (Great Tonify the Yin Pill)

Steaming bone syndrome - sensation of intense heat, malar flushing, spontaneous sweating. Palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, from kidney/heart yin deficiency. Tinnitus, possible vertigo,…

As noted above, chao huang bai is within the herbs that clear heat and dry dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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