Bai Tou Weng / Pulsatilla last update 06-2014

DESCRIPTION: Cylindrical or conical, slightly twisted, 6-20 cm long, 0.5-2 cm in diameter. Externally yellowish-brown or brown, irregularly and longitudinally wrinkled or furrowed, bark easily exfoliated, the exposed wood is yellow, some exhibiting reticulate fissures and cracks, usually with decayed and depressed holes near rootstock. Rootstock slightly swollen, white-tomentose, some showing sheathlike pedicel bases. Texturally hard and yellowish-white or pale yellowish-brown in the bark and pale yellow in wood. Odour, slight.

Taste & Property: Bitter, cold. Meridians: Stomach, colon.

ACTION: To remove toxic heat and relieve bloody dysentery.

INDICATIONS: Amoebic dysentery; pudendal itching with excessive leukorrhea.

REFERENTIAL ADVICE: Reducing intense heat by removing heat toxics, eliminating heat in the blood to relieve dysentery. It can often be used treat dysentery with bloody stools and abdominal pain due to virulent heat; to treat dysentery with tenesmus it is often combined with Rhizoma Coptidis, Cortex Fraxini, etc.; to treat dysentery with deficiency of blood or lack of blood after labor, combine with Colla Corii Asini, Radix Glycyrrhizae. It is also effective in treating bacillary or amebic dysentery.
It can also be used to treat vaginal trichomoniasis in combination with Radix Sophorae Flavescentis, Fructus Cnidii as fumigant and wash, with good results.

TIPS: One of the most effective of all drugs for amoebic dysentery; can be used in decoction.

Dosage: 9-15 grams.

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