Ba Dou (Croton Seed)

Ba Dou (Croton Seed)

Herb 1 of 6 in Harsh Expellants

Hot Ba Dou (Crotonis Fructus)
Channels:
ST, LI, LU
Properties:
Spicy, Hot, Toxic
Latin:
Crotonis Fructus
Chinese:
巴豆
Tone Marks:
bā dòu
Translation:
Clinging Bean
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Unblocks and Drastically Purges Interior Cold Accumulation
    For constipation, distention, fullness, and pain.
  • Regulates Water Metabolism
    For ascites and edema.
  • Frees Blocked Phlegm and Helps the Throat
    For wheezing, difficult breathing, chest fullness and distention. Also for phlegm misting the orifices.
  • Helps Heal Ulcers and Abscesses
    To help accelerate ulcerating. Also used for furuncles, warts, dermatitis, and phagedena.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy. This herb has been shown to cause teratogenic (birth defects) effects.
  • Do not use in weak patients
  • Do not use with Qian Niu Zi
  • Avoid hot liquids

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & 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)

Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 0.1-0.3 grams

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:


This herb antagonizes or is antagonized by:

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.

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