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Niu Bang Zi (Great Burdock Fruit)

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Cold Niu Bang Zi (Fructus Arctii Lappae)
Spicy, Bitter, Cold
Fructus Arctii Lappae
Tone Marks:
niú bàng zĭ
Alt Names:
Niu Bang, Niu Zi, Da Li Zi, Shu Nian Zi, E Shi


  • Expels Wind-Heat and Relieves Sore Throat
    For Wind-Heat invasion causing sore, red, and swollen throat, acute tonsillitis, cough, and fever.
  • Promotes the Eruption of Measles
    Used when the rash has not vented completely. Also used in cases of toxic swellings and abscesses, including erythemas, mumps, and carbuncles.
  • Lubricates the Intestines
    used when Wind-Heat causes constipation.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of qi Deficiency, diarrhea, or when there are open sores.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

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


  • 3-9 grams.
  • Part used: fruit.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: