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Xiong Dan (Bear Gallbladder)

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Cold Xiong Dan (Vesica Fellea Ursi)
Bitter, Cold
Vesica Fellea Ursi
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xióng dăn


  • Clears Heat and Stops Spasms
    For high fever and convulsions. Also used to treat toothache, sore throat, jaundice, epidemic fever and Summerheat.
  • Relieves Fire Toxins
    Used topically for heat lesions, very effective at stopping pain on the skin.
  • Calms Liver Fire and Benefits the Eyes
    For acute conjunctivitis, red and swollen eyes, or mild visual obstructions.
  • Reduces Swellings
    For trauma, fractures, sprains and hemorrhoids.
  • Kills Parasites and Tonifies the Spleen
    For tapeworm and childhood nutritional impairment.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases without true heat. Traditional sources say this substance should not be used with Radix Stephaniae Tetrandae (han fang ji) or Radix Rhemanniae Glutinosae (sheng di huang).

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Toxicity and Overdose

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  • 1-2.5 grams taken in pills or powders. Same dosage to be used when given topically as an ointment.

Go to the Endangered/Toxic List This herb is considered endangered, toxic, or is illegal in the United States