(Angelica Dahuricae / Bai Zhi)
What does Bai Zhi do?
Bai Zhi is a Chinese Herb that is utilized when a patient
has been diagnosed with Wind and Dampness of the Lung and Stomach. It
works by expelling wind and dampness and alleviating wind and discharge.
It has been considered helpful and is prescribed to reduce
swelling, pus, vaginal discharge,
and to alleviate pain
associated with ascribed disorders. Symptoms that can be treated with
Bai Zhi are: vaginal discharge
(due to damp- heat or damp-cold),
sinus congestion, surface
sores and ulcers. Combined with other Chinese medicinal herbs it has been
used as a treatment for
neuralgia, toothaches, and
Also, it may have an inhibitory
effect on some microorganisms
and bacteria such as Shigella
Should my health care professional
be advised before I take Bai
It is always good to keep your health
care practitioner updated
on medications, herbals, supplements or other therapies you may be participating
in. They should be consulted first if you have any of these conditions:
- If you are currently taking medications or other treatments.
- A tendency towards allergic
reactions to other medicines, herbs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Are there other times my health
care professional needs
to be advised before I take Bai
They should be consulted first if you are:
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- If you plan to administer
this herb to a child.
When is Bai Zhi usage contraindicated?
- If you have been diagnosed with a Yin deficiency.
- If you have been diagnosed with a Blood deficiency.
How should I take this herb?
Bai Zhi can be taken as a tea, tincture, capsules, or extract. However
the raw, fresh herb is usually
Part of the plant utilized:
What should the dosage
Dosages are usually based on the individual, severity of the symptoms
and the type of problem. See
a Dr. of Chinese Medicine for
Generally, 3-9 gms of the root.
Note: It is generally thought that the dried herb
should be avoided as the oils of the herb
are substantially reduced or eliminated in this format. It is believed
that the oils are required for some of its medicinal effects.
A good quality root
should be singular in form, aromatic,
hard, thin, and have a dark yellow
What other medicines may interact with Bai Zhi?
- May antagonize Flos Inulae (Xuan Fu Hua)
What side effects may I notice
from taking Bai Zhi?
If you experience any
uncomfortable side effects, stop
usage immediately and report
them to your health care professional.
It should be noted that other varieties of Angelica report
photosensitizing effects - it is unknown whether this is the case
for Bai Zhi.
What do I need to watch out
for with Bai Zhi?
As with western medicinal
herbs, care should be taken with purchasing. Incorrectly labeled products
and/or the presence of contaminants, adulterations, or substitutions have
all been reported in conjunction with herbal products.
There are reports of Bai Zhi having been substituted with other varieties
of Angelica as well as A. Anomala Lallem.
There are many species of
Angelica but they may not all have the same therapeutic qualities. Care
should be taken therefor when purchasing that you attain the herb
you specify. The following is a list of a few Angelica species.
||Syria, Baltic Sea
- grows throughout Europe and Asia
/ Dong Quai,
Maxim. / Duo Hou
Where can I store this herb?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container
that small children cannot open. Store at room
temperature between 15
and 30°C (59 and 86°F) unless otherwise specified. If purchasing
a pre-prepared product (capsules, etc) look at the expiration
date, throw away the unused portion after the date has expired. Raw herbs,
tinctures, ointments, etc all have varying life
spans. Generally, an herbal product
will have the longest life span
when it has been extracted in alcohol. It should be noted however that
though it can make certain herbs more bioavailable, extraction
in alcohol can reduce the effectiveness
Can you tell me a little more about Bai Zhi?
Angelica Dahuricae (Fisher ex Hoffman) is of the family
Apiaceae and is indigenous
to China. It is sometimes called Fragrant Angelica, as it is very aromatic.
It is commonly known for its use to reduce
swelling, discharge, and pain. The source
of it's first reference is thought to be the "Divine Husbandman's
Classic of the Materia Medica" (Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing) of the late
Han period. It is often combined with other herbs in medicinal
formulas. In Chinese medicine
it is considered acrid and warm. It usually harvested in the late summer
or early fall.
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