Cong Bai - Spring Onion

TCM Materia Medica

Cong Bai TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "cong bai" which in english is "spring onion", 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:

  • Dosage: 2-5 scallions (whites with root)

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

  • Releases exterior, induces sweating (early stages of wind-cold)
  • Disperses cold, unblocks yang - abdominal pain, nasal congestion
  • Apply topically for dispersing masses - abscesses, sores, etc.

Cong Bai has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in exterior deficiency w/profuse sweating
  • No honey in decoction

As noted above, cong bai 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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