Bai Qian


Bai Qian in TCM:

Explore the properties of Bai Qian according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: cynanchum rhizome, willow leaf swallow wort rhizome, glaucescent swallow wort rhizome
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Cynanchi Stauntonii
Properties: acrid, sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU

Flavors: sweet, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Descends LU qi; expels phlegm; Stops Cough (cough w/ copius sputum, difficult to expectorate, wheezing, gurgling throat; LU qi blockage and stagnation; can be used for heat conditions depending upon combination)

    Other Notes:
  • Commonly used to dispel wind cold and treat cough from external wind cold attack
  • Bai Qian treats phlegm cold and is commonly paired with Qian Hu, which treats phlegm heat, to treat cough.

  • (cc: dry cough due to yin deficiency)
  • (cc: irritating to Stomach, caution for the ST weakness or gastrointestinal bleeding)