Pu Huang - Cattail Pollen, Bulrush

TCM Materia Medica

Pu Huang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "pu huang" which in english is Pu Huang herb"cattail pollen, bulrush", is categorized within the "herbs that stop bleeding" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver and spleen channels and exhibits acrid, 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: 4.5-12g

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

  • Stops bleeding (external and internal) - traumatic injury, uterine bleeding, vomiting blood, nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in urine or stool.
  • Invigorate blood, dispels stasis - chest pain, postpartum abdominal pain, menstrual pain due to blood stasis.

Pu Huang has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid During Pregnancy

Pu Huang may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain and/or uterine bleeding

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

  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Abdominal Stasis Relief Pills) - Qi and blood stagnation in the lower jiao - lower abdominal…
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    As noted above, pu huang is within the herbs that stop bleeding functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... useful for uterine bleeding, excess menses, bleeding from trauma, vomiting of blood, nose bleeds, and blood in the urine. )".

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