Burdock Fructus ( 牛蒡子 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Arctii Lappae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Niu Bang Zi     牛蒡子

Common English Name

Burdock Fruit

Part of Plant Used



Slightly cold


Acrid, slightly bitter

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Stomach

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of red and swollen throat, cough with yellow phlegm, fever, and measles; also used for other heat-related rashes and for carbuncles (TCM: imbalances of internal heat, wind heat, and wind dampness).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Disperses wind heat and benefits the throat; detoxifies fire poison; encourages rashes to surface; moistens Intestines.

Common Formulas Used In

Lonicera and Forsythia.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb when there are open sores or carbuncles, or where there is deficient Qi and diarrhea.

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