Chuan Bei Mu / Zhe Bei Mu - Transform Phlegm Heat
LU, HT (3-12g)


Chuan Bei Mu / Zhe Bei Mu - the swamp runners

These two brothers lived in the hot temperate swamp and they LOVED to run!! As soon as they were old enough to stop suckling their mother's hot nodules they started racing against each other. Zhe was better in the summer (heat ... Z=HEat) whereas Chuan was better in the rain because his lungs were inherrently moist.

Both brothers were known to CRUSH their enemies, and they were (cc: incompatible with Wu Tou, Fu Zi) and cold swamps (cc: cold phlegm).

English Name: fritillaria cirrhosae, fritillary bulb
Pharmacuetical Name: Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae
Properties: bitter, sweet, cool

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
hot temperate swamp dissolves phlegm; clears heat
hot nodules dissapates nodules; clears heat
lungs were inherently moist moistens LU; stops cough


      Chuan Bei Mu Actions and Indications
  • Clears heat and dissolves phlegm (Zhe Bei Mu is better for heat, for productive cough) (Chuan Bei Mu is for many types of cough, especially chronic cough due to yin deficiency or dry phlegm with heat signs, scanty, dry or blood streaked sputum)
  • Moisten Lung and stops cough (only Chuan Bei Mu... see above)
  • Clears heat; dissapates nodules (phlegm fire nodules, sores, swellings, scrofula, lung abcess, carbuncles, boils)
  • crush to powder and add to decoction
  • (cc: incompatible with wu tou, fu zi)
  • (cc: phlegm cold)
    Special Notes:
  • Whooping Cough: One study showed complete recovery in 51 out of 56 infants who were treated with equal portions of kuan dong hua and chuan bei mu. The dosage was 1g per day for infants under 1 year of age and adjusted accordingly for older children.

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