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Xie Bai (Bulb of Chinese Chive)

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Warm Xie Bai (Bulbus Allii)
Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Bulbus Allii
Tone Marks:
xiè bái


  • Unblocks the Yang Qi, Disperses Cold Phlegm Stagnation
    For chest pain, angina, flank or upper back pain, dyspnea, cough, wheezing, and a stifling sensation in the chest due to obstructed Yang Qi with excess cold stagnated phlegm.
  • Directs the Qi Down, Eliminates Stagnation
    Treats diarrhea and dysentery with tenesmus

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of Qi Deficiency
  • Caution in cases of Yin Deficiency or Febrile disease
  • Avoid in patients hypersensitive to onions and garlic

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Irritation to the gastric mucosa is possible after long term use. Severe watery diarrhea is possible immediately following ingestion. Avoid if intolerant to garlic and onions.


  • 5-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)
  • 5-10 grams in decoction (Chen)

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