Bai Qian

Bai Qian in TCM:

English Name: cynanchum rhizome, willow leaf swallow wort rhizome, glaucescent swallow wort rhizome
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Cynanchi Stauntonii
Properties: acrid, sweet, neutral
Explore the properties of Bai Qian according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: neutral
Channels: LU
Flavors: sweet, pungent
Regulates: 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)
  • (cc: dry cough due to yin deficiency)
  • (cc: irritating to Stomach, caution for the ST weakness or gastrointestinal bleeding)

    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.