Bai Wei

Bai Wei in TCM:

English Name: cynanchum, blackened sallowwort root, versicolorous swallowwort root
Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Cynachi Atrati
Properties: bitter, salty, cold

Explore the properties of Bai Wei according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cold
Channels: LU, ST, KD
Flavors: bitter, salty
Regulates: circulates blood, clears heat, disperses wind, clears deficent heat

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears deficient heat; cools blood (yin deficiency fever; heat entering blood; postpartum fever; lingering fever from febrile disease that injures blood and yin; this herb can clear heat from excess or deficiency; but is used more for deficient type; also used topically or internally for toxic sores, sore throat, and poisonous snake bite)
  • Treats yin deficient type of common cold (for wind invasion in person who tends to be yin deficient and in wom it typically develops into wind-heat)
  • Promotes urination; relieves PUD (hot or bloody PUD, especially before or after giving birth)
  • (cc: SP and ST cold from deficiency with loose stool)
  • (cc: exterior disorders)

    Other Notes:
  • Shown effective in treating congestive heart failure