Herb 6 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Sweet, Sour, Neutral
Semen Phaseoli Calcarati
Dark Red Little Bean
- Promotes Urination and Reduces Swelling
For edema, ascites, abdominal swelling and fullness, urinary difficulty and leg qi edema due to water accumulation. It regulates the water circulation of the body.
- Clears Damp Heat and Relieves Jaundice
For mild jaundice due to accumulation of damp heat.
- Disperses Blood Stagnation, Reduces Swelling and Toxins, Drains Pus
For Erysipelas, carbuncles, furuncles, sores, lesions and toxic swellings. It will drain pus, reduces swelling and enhance recovery.
Contraindications and Cautions
- It leaches the yin and yang fluids
- Do not use in Yin Deficiency cases or those without dampness
- This section is being researched, and is not completed.
Toxicity and Overdose
- Overdose can lead to miscarriage. Allergic reactions are reported including pruritis, flushing, nausea and vomiting, palpitations, and urticaria
- 10-30 grams in decoction. It can be used internally or topically 12
- 9-30 grams in decoction 13
- The 3 beans; Chi Xiao Dou, Lu Dou and Hei Dou all promote urination, eliminate edema, resolve toxicity and treat skin lesions. Chi Xiao Dou due to its unique sour taste has a strong ability to promote urination and drain edema but will dry people out if consumed long term.
Clinical Studies and Research
- 7 mumps patients were treated topically with chi xiao dou, water, egg white, or honey resulting in positive responses
Ha Er Bing Zhong Yi, 1965:9;32
- 52 patients with swelling, bruises, strains or sprains, were given a 24 hour topical plaster of chi xiao dou and water with good results after 1 or 2 doses.
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi, 1985; 10;630
- 20 patients with insufficient lactation were given 240 grams Chi Xiao Dou twice daily for 3-5 days with good results.
Chi Jiao Yi Shi Za Zhi, 1975; 12;593
This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: