Pang Da Hai - Boat Sterculia Seed

TCM Materia Medica

Pang Da Hai TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "pang da hai" which in english is "boat sterculia seed", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine and lung channels and exhibits cold (han) 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: 4.5-9g

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

  • Clears and disseminates lung qi - sore throat, hoarseness, phlegm-heat cough, constrained lung qi.
  • Clears intestines and unblocks the bowels - constipation due to heat.
  • Encourages expression of rashes (adjunctive herb).

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, pang da hai is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewXiang Yin Wan (Golden Voice Pills)

Benefits the yin and qi of the lungs, clears heat and wind - acute and/or chronic throat and/or voice issues from overuse, illness, smoking, etc.  Symptoms may include difficulty speaking, hoarseness…

As noted above, pang da hai is within the herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used for phlegm-heat and dry-phlegm patterns - coughs, scrofula, goiters (stagnant phlegm-fire in the channel), convulsions. )".

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