Bai Bian Dou

Bai Bian Dou in TCM:

English Name: dolichos nut, Hyachinth Bean,
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Lablab Album
Properties: sweet, slightly warm
Explore the properties of Bai Bian Dou according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: warm
Channels: ST, SP
Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: qi
Regulates: clears damp, resolves summer heat

    Alternate Forms:
  • chao- Strengthens SP
  • sheng- clears summer damp

Actions / Indications:
  • Strengthens SP; transforms dampness (diarrhea, reduced appetite, vaginal discharge)
  • Clears summer-damp (summer-damp patterns, especially with pronounced diarrhea or vomiting)
  • (note: weaker than bai zhu or shan yao to tonify SP qi, gently tonifies for Px with weak constitutions)

    Special Notes:
  • Bai Bian Dou is weaker than bai zhi or shan yao at tonifying SP qi, but it gently tonifies and is good for patients with weak constitution