Bai Ji / Rhizoma Bletilla last update 06-2014

DESCRIPTION: Irregularly oblate, mostly with 2~3 claw-like branches, 1.5~5 cm long, 0.5~1.5cm thick. Externally grayish-white or yellowish-white, possessing several concentric rings and brown dotted rootlet scars. Texture is hard and tough, when fractured, becomes white and jagged. Odorless, viscous upon chewing.

Taste & Property: Bitter, astringent, sweet, slightly cold. Meridians: Lung, liver, stomach.

FUNCTIONS: To arrest bleeding, and to promote the regular growth of new tissue.

INDICATIONS: Hemoptysis in pulmonary tuberculosis, hematemesis in peptic ulcer, traumatic bleeding; boils and sores; rhagadia.

1. Astringent to blood in order to stop bleeding
This herb can be used to treat bleeding of the lung or stomach. The drug powder can be used alone, in the case for bleeding of the lung, or the herb can be used in combination with powder of Cyclin A sinensis, Folium Eriobotryae, etc. In treating hemoptysis seen in pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitation, the herb can be used in combination with Colophonium, Rhizoma Anemarrhenae, Bulbus Lilii, etc. In treating bleeding of the stomach, ulcer and perforation of the stomach or duodenum, etc., the herb can be used in combination with Os Sepielli seu Sepiae, etc. In treating bleeding due to unhealed trauma and sores, the herb powder can be used alone, or combined with Gypsum Fibrosum Usta and applied to the local area. In treating scalded or chapped hands and feet, the herb can be mixed with sesame oil and then applied to the local area.
2. Subduing swelling and promoting tissue regeneration
In treating carbuncle and swelling, the drug is often used in combination with Flos Lonicerae, Squama Manitis, Spina Gleditsiae, etc..

TIPS: For external use, the drug is powdered and mixed with sesame oil; it is astringent and emollient to burns, abscesses and other skin irritations; it is highly hemostasis in bleeding wounds; internally, it is most effective in stomach and lung hemorrhages.

Dosage: 6-15 grams.

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