Ma Bo


Ma Bo in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ma Bo according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: lasiosphaera (puffball)
Pharmacuetical Name: Lasiosphaera seu Calvatia
Properties: acrid, neutral to cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: LU

Flavors: pungent

Special Properties:
clears heat, eliminates toxins, stops bleeding

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears toxic heat from throat (fire toxin affecting throat causing pain, loss of voice, swelling; cough due to Lung heat)
  • Stops bleeding (hematemesis or epistaxis due to heat; topical use for trauma bleeding, after surgery, or for frostbite)

    Special Notes:
  • (cooking: decoct in cheesecloth)
  • Pharmacologically Ma Bo has been shown to stop bleeding and also to have an inhibitory effect against Staph and Pneumonia.
  • Careful with mushroom allergy patients.