Botanical Name: Phellodendri Cortex
English Name: phellodendron bark

Huang Bai

Huang Bai

Category: Clear Heat and Dry Damp

Taste: bitter
Temperature: cold

Channels Entered: kidney, bladder

Dosage: 3-12g

Cautions and Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in cases of cold from deficiency in the Spleen and Stomach.

Actions and Indications:

  • Drains damp heat, particularly from the lower burner: thick, yellow vaginal discharge, foul-smelling diarrhea, or dysenteric disorder.  Also for damp-heat pouring downward or hot leg qi with such symptoms as red, swollen, and painful knees, legs, or feet.  Also for damp heat jaundice.
  • Drains kidney fire: for ascending kidney fire with signs of yin deficiency such as steaming bone disorder, night sweats, afternoon fevers and sweating, sometimes accompanied by nocturnal emissions and spermatorrhea.
  • Drains fire and resolves toxicity: for fire toxin-generated sores and damp lesions of the skin.