Bai Bian Dou - Tonify Qi
SP, ST (10-30g)

Bai Bian Dou (White Piano)
Mom would play her white piano after she cooked kanji in the rain while the kids listened and watched the summer rain pour down.

Little brother had a weak consitution, and the piano playing was great to tonify SP qi gently for people with weak constitution.

English Name: dolichos nut, Hyachinth Bean,
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Lablab Album
Properties: sweet, slightly warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
cooked kanji in the rain strenghtens SP; transforms dampness
summer rain clears summer damp


      Bai Bian Dou Actions and Indications
  • Strengthens SP; transforms dampness (diarrhea, reduced appetite, vaginal discharge)
  • Clears summer-damp (summer-damp patterns, especially with pronounced diarrhea or vomiting)
  • (note: weaker than bai zhu or shan yao to tonify SP qi, gently tonifies for Px with weak constitutions)
    Alternate Forms:
  • chao- Strengthens SP
  • sheng- clears summer damp
    Special Notes:
  • Bai Bian Dou is weaker than bai zhi or shan yao at tonifying SP qi, but it gently tonifies and is good for patients with weak constitution

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