Phellodendron ( 黄柏 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Part of Plant Used
This herb is used in formulas to treat burning and fetid diarrhea with jaundice, fever, urinary-tract
infections, sores on the mouth and gums, hot flashes, spontaneous sweating, leukorrhea,abscesses, boils, and eczema (TCM: deficiency fire; damp heat in Lower Burner).
Phellodendron's antiseptic qualities make it useful as an anti-inflammatory treatment for most inflammatory conditions in body, from pelvic inflammatory disease to skin and mouth lesions.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Drains damp heat, particularly in the Lower Burner; quells Kidney fire; drains fire and detoxifies fire poison.
Common Formulas Used In
Anemarrhena, Phellodendron, and Rehmannia; Hoelen and Polyporus; Tang Gui and Gardenia; Xanthium and Magnolia.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is deficient Spleen, diarrhea, or a weak stomach.