Bai Tou Weng

Bai Tou Weng

Bai Tou Weng (Radix Pulsatillae) is from the root of Pulsatilla chinensis (Bunge) kegel, family Ranunculaceae. It is mainly produced in North and Northeast China, and in Mongolia. It is dug and collected in spring and autum. Only the main root is kept, dried in the sun and used in its crude form.

Category: Heat-Clearing.

Common Name: Pulsatilla Root, Chinese Anemone Root.

Channels Entered: Stomach and Large Intestine.

Properties and Functions: Bai Tou Weng is bitter in flavour and cold in nature. It clears Heat, cools the Blood and eliminates toxins.

Indications: It is mainly used clinically for Heat type dysentery, including bacillary and amoebic dysentery. It is also applied in the treatment of scrofula, carbuncles and scabby scalp and Damp-Heat in the lower jiao.

Dosage: 9 – 15g

Cautions and Contra-Indications: Contra-indicated for cases of dysentery due to deficiency and Cold.