Bing Pian

Bing Pian in TCM:

English Name: borneol
Pharmaceutical Name: Borneolum Syntheticum
Properties: acrid, bitter, cool
Explore the properties of Bing Pian according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cool
Channels: LU, SP, HT
Flavors: bitter, pungent
Regulates: clears heat, reduces swelling

Actions / Indications:
  • Opens the orifices; revives spirit (coma caused by heat disorder, various types of fainting and convulsions; similar to she xiang but less strong)
  • Clears heat; alleviates pain and itching; reduces swelling (dermal conditions such as sores and scabies, itching; swollen red eyes, photophobia or excessive tearing; often used in topical powders for re-generating flesh; modern use for angine pectoris, topical use for pain and swelling of throat; tongue inflammation and pain)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: qi or blood xu)
  • (note: synthetic form commonly used)

    Special Notes:
  • Bing Pian was used to treat 30 patients with herpes zoster with satisfactory results. Mix 10 to 30 grams with rice water to make 40% herbal paste and apply to affected area 3-4 times daily for 3 to 5 days.