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Ma Dou Ling (Birthwort Fruit)

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Cold Ma Dou Ling (Aristolochiae Fructus)
Bitter, Slightly Spicy, Cold, Toxic
Aristolochiae Fructus
Tone Marks:
mă dōu líng
Bell of a horses Hat


  • 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

Contraindications and 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

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • 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).


  • 3-10 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 3-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: