Bai He (Lily Bulb)

Bai He (Lily Bulb)

Herb 1 of 15 in Herbs that Tonify Yin

Slightly Cold Bai He (Bulbus Lilii)
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Bulbus Lilii
Tone Marks:
băi hé
Hundred Meetings
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Moistens the Lung, Stops Cough, and Clear Heat
    For Lung Qi and Yin Deficiency causing consumptive cough with symptoms such as consumptive, dry, chronic cough, shortness of breath, and white, yellow, or bloody sputum that is difficult to expectorate. Also for heat signs accompanying Lung Yin Deficiency such as night sweats, tidal fever, and an absence of sputum.
  • Clears Heat and Calms the Spirit (Shen)
    For Lung Yin Deficiency directly affecting the Heart with symptoms such as physical or speech disorientation, trouble with concentration, sensory impairment, bitter taste in the mouth, dark yellow urine, and a rapid thready pulse.
  • Nourishes the Yin and Harmonizes the Middle Jiao
    For dull pain associated with Stomach Yin Deficiency.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • As this herb it is moistening and cold, it should not be used in patients with Middle Jiao Deficiency, diarrhea, or loose stools.
  • Do not use in cases of Wind-Cold or Phlegm cough.
  • Bai He may also cause sedation and drowsiness, and may impair a person's ability to drive and operate machinery.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 10-30 grams

Chinese Herb Notes

  • This herb is often used as a food.

Chinese Herb Combinations:

  1. Bai He (Bulbus Lilii)
  2. Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis)
Combined Actions:
  • Nourish Yin and Clear Heat
Combined Indications:
  • Mental agitation, insomnia, vertigo
  • Dry cough
  • Honey fry Bai He for dry cough and use raw Bai He for agitation and insomnia.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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