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Huang Bai (Phellodendron or Amur Cork tree Bark)

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Cold Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri)
Bitter, Cold
Cortex Phellodendri
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huáng băi
Yellow Fir


  • Eliminates Heat and Dampness
    For Damp-Heat in the lower Jiao with symptoms of yellow vaginal discharge, diarrhea with strong odor, dysentery, jaundice, or acute urinary tract infections. Also used to treat Damp-Heat pouring downward causing red and swollen knees, legs, or feet.
  • Reduces Kidney Fire
    For rising Kidney Fire from Yin deficiency, with night sweats, afternoon fevers, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions or spermatorrhea.
  • Drains Fire Toxicity
    For damp skin lesions, abscess, eczema, furuncles, or boils.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Contraindicated in cases of spleen deficiency, with or without diarrhea.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 3-12 grams.
  • Part used: bark.

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