Nature: bitter, cold
Enters: Lung, Heart
Actions: Dispels stagnant heat and phlegm; stops coughing; resolves masses and lumps.
• Phelgm-fire nodules, sores, swellings, scrofula, Lung or breast abscess.
• Both forms of Bei mu are always used in their processed form, since they are toxic in their raw state.
• Not to be used with Aconite products.
• Both forms can be very useful in the treatment of heartburn and GERD.
• Compared to Chuan bei mu, this form is used more for acute Lung wind-heat/phlegm-heat: cough with yellow, sticky sputum.
• Stronger than Chuan bei mu at clearing heat and dissipating nodules, swellings, and difficult-to-expectorate phlegm.
• Clears hot phlegm from the ear, as in pediatric otitis media.
DY: More often used for acute, full, or external type coughs.
Hsu: Antitussive, expectorant.
• Alkaloids have atropine-like action – decrease secretions, stop contraction of bronchial smooth muscle, dilate pupils.
• Inhibits the CNS, stimulates heart muscle.