Theory

Niu Bang Zi Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Niu Bang Zi Names

  • English Name: Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium
  • Pinyin Name: Niu Bang Zi

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Niu Bang Zi Cautions


    Contraindication Notes:

    • Avoid in qi deficiency, diarrhea, lack of excess heat.
    • Avoid when open sores and/or carbuncles are present.


Niu Bang Zi Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Expels wind-heat (acrid), benefits throat - fever, cough, sore, red, swollen throat.
  • Clears heat (bitter, cold), relieves toxicity, vents rashes - red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, acute febrile rashes, early stages of measles with incomplete expression.
  • Moistens intestines (rich plant oil - slippery) - constipation due to wind-heat (cold nature of the herb).


Niu Bang Zi Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 3-9g




Clinician Notes


Niu Bang Zi Appears In 3 Formulas

Bu Fei Er Jiao Wan

  • Tonify the Lungs Formula with Gelatin
    • Lung yin deficiency with strong heat signs and/or bleeding - chronic dry cough, wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, COPD.
    • Stops bleeding when it arises from lung yin deficiency - mild bloody sputum with dry cough.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Gently Disperse and Moisten Dryness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with wind-cold (i.e. "common cold").
    • Avoid when there are profuse amounts of blood in the sputum.
    • Avoid, or use with caution, in patients with stomach and/or spleen deficiencies, particularly with phlegm accumulation.

Xiao Feng Wan

  • Clear Wind Pill
    • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
    • Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
    • Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.

     

  • Expel Wind
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.

Yin Qiao Wan

  • Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula
    • Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chills, headache, desire for fluids, cough, sore throat.
    • Acute respitory infections, acute fever, tonsillitis, canker sores.
  • Release the Exterior
  • Release Exterior Wind Heat



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