Xiong Dan


Xiong Dan in TCM:

Explore the properties of Xiong Dan according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: bear gallbladder
Pharmacuetical Name: Fel Ursi
Properties: bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: HT, LV, GB

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat, eliminates toxins, disperses wind

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears LV fire; benefits the eyes (red, swollen, painful and mild visual obstruction due to Liver fire, photophobia, escess tearing)
  • Clears toxic heat fire (high fever, reduces swelling and pain associated with hemorrhoids, ulcerations, hot skin lesions: used topically)
  • Extinguish wind; stop tremors (muscle spasms and cramps, high fever, convulsions, spasms, seizures)

    Special Notes:
  • Xiong Dan is an endangered species, and its use is prohibited in the USA. Can replace with Niu Dan (gallbladders from cattle), Zhu Dan (gallbladders from pig). They have similar functions.