Herb 10 of 19 in Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat
Tuber Dioscoreae Bulbiferae
- Dissipates Nodules and Reduces Goiter
- Clears Heat and Toxins
For snake bite if anti-venom is not available, sore throat, animal bites and cancer of the esophagus, stomach, liver, colon or thyroid
- Cools Blood and Stops Bleeding
For hematemesis, hemoptysis, epistaxis and uterine bleeding
- Stops Cough and Wheezing
For cough, dyspnea, acute and chronic bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma
Contraindications and Cautions
- Do not use long term, possible side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal discomfort
- Do not use in patients with hepatic dysfunction including hepatitis or cirrhosis
- Liver function should be monitored when using this herb
- This section is being researched, and is not completed.
Toxicity and Overdose
- This is a toxic herb. Side effects after normal dose include reduced appetite, nausea, and abdominal pain.
- Overdose leads to burning sensation in the mouth, tongue and throat along with salivation, diarrhea, constricted pupils, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting. After 6 days, further symptoms include fatigue, lack of appetite, upper abdominal discomfort, yellow discoloration of the eyes and skin, itching skin as well as liver damage
- Severe cases can result in jaundice, respiratory distress and toxic hepatitis after long term use.
- 10-15 grams in decoction (Chen)
- 6-15 grams in decoction (Bensky)
- This herb has proven effective against some types of cancer but caution should be used due to the high toxicity