Ma Dou Ling (Birthwort Fruit)

Ma Dou Ling (Birthwort Fruit)

Herb 3 of 12 in Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing

Cold Ma Dou Ling (Aristolochiae Fructus)
Bitter, Slightly Spicy, Cold, Toxic
Aristolochiae Fructus
Tone Marks:
mă dōu líng
Bell of a horses Hat
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Clears Lungs, Transforms Phlegm, Stops Cough and Wheeze
    For cough and wheezing of all types due to Phlegm and Heat
  • Clears Heat in the Large Intestine, Reduces Swelling and Pain
    Treats hemorrhoids by clearing Large Intestine Fire
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
    For hypertension, especially early stage primary hypertension due to Liver Yang Rising with dizziness and red face

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use in cases with coughing due to deficiency or cold
  • Do not use in cases with loose stools due to Spleen Deficiency
  • Do not use long term or in large doses

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-10 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 3-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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