Niu Bang Zi


Niu Bang Zi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Niu Bang Zi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: arctium, achene of great burdock, burdock fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Arctii
Properties: acrid, bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, ST

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
clears heat, eliminates toxins, disperses wind

Actions / Indications:
  • Dispel wind heat; benefits throat (external wind-heat with fever, cough and sore / red / swollen throat or tonsils, mumps)
  • Clears toxic heat (early stages of skin purulent infections, carbuncles, erythemas, mumps)
  • Vents rashes (eczema, early stage of measles; also acute febrile maculopapular rashes)

    Special Notes:
  • (cooking: crush before decocting)
  • An essential herb for sore throat due to wind heat.
  • Niu Bang Gen (Radix Arctii), the root of the same plant, has been used infrequently but its use is increasing due to the fact that it has been shown to protect the liver from chemically induced damage (such as acetaminophen).

  • (cc: qi deficiency and diarrhea; caution for loose stool)
  • (cc: open sores and carbuncles)