Bai Guo

Bai Guo in TCM:

English Name: ginko nut, ginko seed
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Ginkgo
Properties: slightly toxic, sweet, bitter, astringent, neutral
Explore the properties of Bai Guo according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: neutral
Channels: LU, KD
Flavors: toxic, sweet, bitter
Regulates: clears heat, resolves phlegm, resolves dryness

    Alternate Forms:
  • yin xing ye / yin guo ye / bai guo ye (Folium Ginkgo Biloba) - bitter, astringent, neutral; LU; stabilizes LU, calms wheezing, stops pain, invigorates blood; used for cholesterol, hypertension, angina, vascular diseases, 5-10g

Actions / Indications:
  • Stabilizes LU qi; stops cough and wheezing (cough, wheezing, with phlegm due to LU heat, or unproductive cough with LU dryness or due to LU/KD deficiency)
  • Stops vaginal discharge, stabilizes urine (vaginal discharge and for cloudy urine; urinary frequency or incontinence; spermatorrhea)
  • (cc: do not use large quantities or for long term use due to toxicity)
  • (cooking: CRUSH before decocting)

    Special Notes:
  • Often used with jie geng and ma huang to open LU qi to dispel lingering factors
  • Often combined with ma huang to stop wheeze.