Bai Guo (Ginkgo Nut)

Bai Guo (Ginkgo Nut)

Herb 1 of 22 in Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind

Neutral Bai Guo (Semen Ginkgonis Bilobae)
Sweet, Bitter, Astringent, Neutral, Slightly Toxic
Semen Ginkgonis Bilobae
Tone Marks:
bái guŏ
Alt Names:
Yin Xing
Silver Almond
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Stops Wheezing and Dispels Phlegm
    For asthma, wheezing, dyspnea, and chronic cough with copious sputum due to heat, phlegm, or Lung Deficiency. Also treats Lung Qi Deficiency causing loss of voice. Can be combined with heat and phlegm clearing herbs to treat excess conditions.
  • Astringes and Stabilizes Leakage and Dispels Dampness in the Lower Jiao
    For clear or yellow leukorrhea, spermatorrhea, incontinence, and frequent urination. Can be used in cases of Damp-Heat or Deficiency.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use in excess conditions or with exterior patterns.
  • Do not use in the initial stages of cough.
  • Do not use with sticky, viscous phlegm due to Yin Deficiency.
  • As this herb is slightly toxic, it should not be used long term, or in large quantities.

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

  • 1.5-9 grams

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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