Niu Huang


Niu Huang in TCM:

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


English Name: cattle gallstone, beozar
Pharmacuetical Name: Calculis Bovis
Properties: bitter, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: HT, LV

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat, eliminates toxins, disperses wind, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Extinguishes wind; stops tremors (spasms, tremors, convulsions with high fever due to heat entering LV; LV fire creating internal wind)
  • Opens orifices; vaporizes phlegm (delrium or coma due to warm febrile or hot diseases with hot phlegm obstructing the pericardium; wind-stroke; convulsions, seizures)
  • Clears heat; relieves toxicity (red, swollen and painful or ulcerated throat; sores, carbuncles, boils, wide variety of hot swellings, topical or internal use)

    Special Notes:
  • often used with jie geng and ma huang to open LU qi to dispel lingering factors

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: SP and ST deficiency)
  • (cc: not for use when no heat excess is evident)
  • (note: synthetic form is often used, non-synthetic must be CRUSHED and ground into a powder)