Niu Bang Zi (Great Burdock Fruit)

Niu Bang Zi (Great Burdock Fruit)

Herb 10 of 12 in Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Cold Niu Bang Zi (Fructus Arctii Lappae)
Spicy, Bitter, Cold
Fructus Arctii Lappae
Tone Marks:
niú bàng zĭ
Alt Names:
Niu Bang, Niu Zi, Da Li Zi, Shu Nian Zi, E Shi
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Expels Wind-Heat and Relieves Sore Throat
    For Wind-Heat invasion causing sore, red, and swollen throat, acute tonsillitis, cough, and fever.
  • Promotes the Eruption of Measles
    Used when the rash has not vented completely. Also used in cases of toxic swellings and abscesses, including erythemas, mumps, and carbuncles.
  • Lubricates the Intestines
    used when Wind-Heat causes constipation.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of qi Deficiency, diarrhea, or when there are open sores.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams.
  • Part used: fruit.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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