Bu Gu Zhi

Bu Gu Zhi in TCM:

English Name: psoralea fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Psoraleae
Properties: bitter, acrid, very warm
Explore the properties of Bu Gu Zhi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: warm
Channels: SP, KD
Flavors: bitter, pungent
Tonifies: qi, yang
Regulates: essence, disperses cold

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonifies KD; fortifies yang; stabilizes essence; retains urine (impotence, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhea, cold, painful low back or weak back and extremities; enuresis, urinary incontinence, frequent urination)
  • Warms SP; stops diarrhea (deficient cold diarrhea, borborygmus, abdominal pain)
  • Aids KD to grasp Qi (asthma due to Kidney qi deficiency)
  • Treats skin problems (topical use for alopecia, psoriasis, vitiligo)
  • (cc: yin deficient heat or constipation)

    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Bu Gu Gu Zhi has been found to dilate the coronary artery, to have antibiotic properties, to have marked anti-asthmatic properties, to relax and stimulate smooth muscle in the intestines, and to inhibit DNA synthesis of cancer cells.
  • Combined with Ge jie and Dong chong xia cao for asthma
  • Combined with Yi Zhi Ren to tonify the KD and consolidate essence