Zhe Bei Mu - Fritillaria Bulb

TCM Materia Medica

Zhe Bei Mu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "zhe bei mu" which in english is Zhe Bei Mu herb"fritillaria bulb", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and lung 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: 3-9g

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

  • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - acute lung heat with productive cough.
  • Clears heat, dissipates nodules (better than Chuan Bei Mu - for phlegm-fire congealing and causing neck swellings, lung and breast abscesses and swellings.

Zhe Bei Mu has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding zhe bei mu:

  • Zhe Bei Mu is the larger fritillaria bulb from the Zhe province. Also in this category is Chuan Bei Mu which is the smaller bulb from Chuan province.

Zhe Bei Mu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: cough

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, zhe bei mu is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

ViewNei Xiao Luo Li Wan (Internally Reducing Cervical Lymphadenitis Pills)

Phlegm obstructions - generally benign masses, lumps, swellings such as lymph nodules, breast cysts, thyroid nodules, goiter, ovarian cysts, fibroids, etc. If used, it may often be combined with dee…

ViewXian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life)

Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne.  Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever).  Breast abscesses, mastitis…

As noted above, zhe bei mu 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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