Chinese Herb: Ma Dou Ling (Birthwort Fruit), Aristolochiae Fructus
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Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Bitter, Slightly Spicy, Cold, Toxic
mă dōu líng
Bell of a horses Hat
Chinese Herb Actions
Clears Lungs, Transforms Phlegm, Stops Cough and Wheeze
For cough and wheezing of all types due to Phlegm and Heat
- Clears Heat in the Large Intestine, Reduces Swelling and Pain
Treats hemorrhoids by clearing Large Intestine Fire
- Lowers Blood Pressure
For hypertension, especially early stage primary hypertension due to Liver Yang Rising with dizziness and red face
Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions
- Do not use in cases with coughing due to deficiency or cold
- Do not use in cases with loose stools due to Spleen Deficiency
- Do not use long term or in large doses
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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose
- This herb contains aristolochic acid, a compound that can cause permanent kidney damage, including kidney failure. It has also been shown to cause cancer, specifically urothelial carcinoma.
- Position paper on the risks associated with the use of herbal products containing Aristolochia
European Medicines Agency (EMEA)
- This herb is considered toxic.
(while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity)
Chinese Herb Dosage
- 3-10 grams in decoction (Chen)
- 3-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)
This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:
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