Nature: sweet, bitter, neutral
Actions: Moistens the Lungs, stops coughing; kills parasites.
• Acute or chronic cough: Especially useful for deficiency cough, including Yin deficiency. A key herb for tuberculosis. Pertussis: over 85% effectiveness rate in one clinical series of over 100 patients. In other studies a preventative function was also noted.
• Topical: as a tincture or decoction for lice, pinworms, fleas, bedbugs.
• For pinworms, Bai bu can also be used as an enema, 30-60g per day for 3 days.
MLT: For lice, apply a 20% alcoholic solution or strong decoction. Also can be used as a flea wash for animals.
Hsu: Pesticide, antitussive, antitubercular, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral.