Niu Huang – Cow, Ox, or Water Buffalo Gallstone (Bezoar) – “Cattle Yellow”

Nature: bitter, cold

Enters: Liver, Heart

Actions: Clears the heart, strongly opens the orifices, awakens the Shen by resolving phlegm; extinguishes liver wind, relieves tremors; clears heat; eliminates toxicity.

• Heat-toxicity: painful, red, swollen or ulcerated throat, canker sores, boils, carbuncles, ulcers, sores, herpes lesions, and a wide variety of hot swellings.
• Liver wind (due to extreme pathogenic heat): spasms, tremors, (infant) convulsions.
• Heat or phlegm-heat blocks the heart in wind-stroke or epilepsy: coma, difficulty speaking, delirium, seizures.
• Note: this herb should not be used alone for phlegm, as its cold nature may congeal the phlegm.
• Not as strong as She xiang at opening the orifices.
• The genuine article is expensive and difficult to find. The lab produced variety (Ren gong niu huang) is available, which is comparable to the true herb for treating heat-toxicity, but is weaker than the true herb at opening the orifices.
• Bensky/Gamble classifies with herbs that open the orifices.
MLT: Due to its rarity and expense, it is mostly used in the patent Niu Huang Jie Du Pian.
• With rhinoceros or water buffalo horn: for legionnaire’s disease, meningitis, encephalitis.
Hsu: Sedative to the CNS, respiratory, and circulatory systems; cardiotonic; raises blood pressure; stimulates RBC and hemoglobin production.

Dose: 0.15-1g (used only in pills and powders)

3 comments on “Niu Huang – Cow, Ox, or Water Buffalo Gallstone (Bezoar) – “Cattle Yellow”

  1. Ushieagu Peter says:

    Hello Sir/Madam
    I have been in the cattle gallstone business for about 10 years now. as a matter of fact i have been supplying to contacts in Hong kong who eventually take it to China to sell.
    I am looking for a the manufacturers of gallstone medicine so i can deal with them
    can you be of help in this regard?
    I can guarantee up to 2kg monthly if i can get the reliable buyer.thanks
    Ushieagu Peter

    • Peter Borten says:

      Sorry, I don’t know of any such contacts. But you might try contacting the major importers of Chinese herbs to the U.S., since I’m sure none of them can get Niu Huang. Dr. Kang, Mayway, Spring Wind, NuHerbs, etc. … they may be interested in buying from you.

  2. Ushieagu Peter says:

    Thanks for the info. I will contact them.

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