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English Name: arctium, burdock fruit
Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Arctii
Medica Category: Wind-Heat Releasing Herbs
Properties: Niu Bang Zi enters the Lung and Stomach channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and cold in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Niu Bang Zi is unprocessed (or dry-fried) burdock fruit which is ground into powder for use as medicine.
Niu Bang Zi dispels wind and vents heat and is used in the early stages of a wind-heat invasion to treat symptoms such as headache, fever, and especially sore throat (as in the formula Yin Qiao).
Niu Bang Zi clears heats and relieves toxicity to address skin disorders that present with swellings and redness (not suitable for use with open sores or carbuncles).
Niu Bang Zi promotes the eruption of rashes (e.g. measles) in the early stages in cases of incomplete expression.
Niu Bang Zi moistens the intestines and is therefore contraindicated in cases of diarrhea.
Contraindicated in cases of qi deficiency.