Ba Dou


Ba Dou in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ba Dou according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: croton fruit, croton seed
Pharmaceutical Name: Croton tigliu
Properties: very toxic, acrid, hot

Temperature: hot

Channels: LU, LI, ST

Flavors: toxic, pungent

Special Properties:
disperses cold, resolves water accumulations, resolves phlegm

    Alternate Forms:
  • ba dou shuang- is de-fatted and less harsh, and the more commonly used form

Actions / Indications:
  • Vigorously purges cold accumulations (food stagnation or constipation due to cold abdominal fullness, distension, pain)
  • Drives out water; reduces edema (ascites)
  • Bursts phlegm obstruction in throat (shortness of breath, wheezing, severe chest fullness and distension; phlegm veiling orifices)
  • Promotes healing of abcesses (topical to accelerate ulceration healing process)

    Special Notes:
  • 20 drops of Ba Dou oil is lethal in humans: toxic. Ba Dou must be processed to get rid of the oil to reduce its toxicity.
  • Ba Dou is the only hot herb in its category.

  • (cc: pregnancy; weak patients)
  • (note: antagonist with qian niu zi)
  • (note: very dangerous and toxic herb, do not overdose)