Bian Xu


Bian Xu in TCM:

Explore the properties of Bian Xu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: common knotgrass herb
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Polygoni Avicularis
Properties: bitter, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: UB

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat, clears damp, expels parasites

Actions / Indications:
  • Promotes Urination, clear Damp Heat from bladder (damp-heat lin)
  • Expels parasites; stops itching (damp skin lesions with itching, kills insects, tinea, eczema, vaginal trichomonas, also for intestinal parasites: tapeworm, hookworm, pinworm; topical or internal use)

    Special Notes:
  • A decoction of 50 to 100 grams Bian Xu has been shown to treat toothache effectively: 80 out of 81 patients reported decrease in pain within 2 to 3 das after treatment.

  • (cc: caution with Stomach/Spleen deficiency)