Xiong Dan (Bear Gallbladder)

Xiong Dan (Bear Gallbladder)

Herb 11 of 14 in Herbs that Drain Fire

Cold Xiong Dan (Vesica Fellea Ursi)
Channels:
GB, HT, LIV
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Vesica Fellea Ursi
Chinese:
熊胆
Tone Marks:
xióng dăn
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Clears Heat and Stops Spasms
    For high fever and convulsions. Also used to treat toothache, sore throat, jaundice, epidemic fever and Summerheat.
  • Relieves Fire Toxins
    Used topically for heat lesions, very effective at stopping pain on the skin.
  • Calms Liver Fire and Benefits the Eyes
    For acute conjunctivitis, red and swollen eyes, or mild visual obstructions.
  • Reduces Swellings
    For trauma, fractures, sprains and hemorrhoids.
  • Kills Parasites and Tonifies the Spleen
    For tapeworm and childhood nutritional impairment.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use in cases without true heat. Traditional sources say this substance should not be used with Radix Stephaniae Tetrandae (han fang ji) or Radix Rhemanniae Glutinosae (sheng di huang).

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 1-2.5 grams taken in pills or powders. Same dosage to be used when given topically as an ointment.

This herb is considered endangered, toxic, or is illegal in the United States

References Used

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