Bai He / Lily Bulb last update 06-2014

DESCRIPTION: Elongated elliptical, 2-5 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, 3-4 mm thick at middle. Externally whitish, pale brownish-yellow or purplish, with several longitudinal and parallel white vascular bundles. Apex somewhat acute, base relatively broad, margins thin, undulate, curved inwards, with many protrusions. Texturally hard but brittle, fractures relatively even. Odorless.

Taste & Property: Slightly bitter, neutral. Meridians: Heart, lung.

ACTION: To nourish yin and moisten the lung, to tranquilize the mind.

INDICATIONS: Deficiency of yin with chronic cough and bloody sputum; fidgetiness, palpitation, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep and absent-mindedness.

1. Moistening the lung to relieve cough.
In treating cough with bloody sputum due to dryness of the lung, the herb can be made into soft extract with Flos Farfarae, or used in combination with Radix Rehmanniae, Radix Ophiopogonis, Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae, Radix Scrophulariae, etc.
2. Clearing away heat from the heart to calm the mind.
In treating restlessness of deficiency type, palpitation, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, etc.. At the late stage of febrile disease when heat is not completely cleared away, the herb is often used in combination with Rhizoma Anemarrhenae or Radix Rehmann.

Dosage: 1-3 grams.

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