Ban Bian Lian

Ban Bian Lian in TCM:

English Name: lobelia, Chinese lobelia herb
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Lobeliae Chinensis
Properties: acrid, cold
Explore the properties of Ban Bian Lian according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cold
Channels: LU, HT, SI
Flavors: pungent
Regulates: clears heat, resolves water accumulations, eliminates toxins

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears heat; reduce toxicity (essential herb for snake bites and wasp stings / fire toxin sores (carbuncles, boils): internal or topical
  • Promotes urination; reduces edema (ascites, liver cirrhosis; end-stage schistosomiasis; jaundice
  • (cc: edema due to deficiency)

    Other Notes:
  • Ban Bian Lian has a diuretic effect so careful when prescribing it with Lasix, Bumex, Demadex, etc...
  • Symptoms of overdose include mania, muscle contractions, and excitation
  • Ban Bian Lian is also used in oncology to treat tumours and masses.