Bai Wei (Swallowwort Root)

Bai Wei (Swallowwort Root)

Herb 1 of 11 in Herbs that Cool the Blood

Cold Bai Wei (Radix Cynanchi Atrati)
Channels:
LU, ST, KI
Properties:
Bitter, Salty, Cold
Latin:
Radix Cynanchi Atrati
Chinese:
白薇
Tone Marks:
bái wēi
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Clears Heat and Cools the Blood
    For heat in the Blood level, especially Yin deficient heat, Summerheat with fever in children, and lingering fever that has injured the Blood or Yin. Especially effective in treating post partum fever.
  • Promotes Urination
    For Bloody or hot urination especially pre or post partum.
  • Detoxifies
    For abscesses, swollen throat, toxic sores, and snakebite. Can be taken internally or topically.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use without heat in the blood. Some traditional sources warn against its use with Radix et Rhizoma Rhei (da huang), Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae (da zao), Radix Astragali Membranacei (huang qi), Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis (gan jiang), and Frucutus Corni Officinalis (shan zhu yu).

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 6-15 grams.
  • Part used: root and rhizome.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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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