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Sāng Bái Pí 桑白皮

Pharmaceutical name Mori Cortex Mulberry root bark Morus bark “mulberry white bark”
Category Stop Cough, Calm Wheezing
Key Properties Drains the lungs, esp. heat
Drains fluids, treats edema
Properties Sweet
Tropism LU
Actions & Indications 1) Drains Heat from LU, stops cough, calms wheezing: due to LU-Heat
2) Promotes urination, reduces edema: impaired water movement and perspiration due to LU-Heat
3) recently used for Hypertention
Dosages 6-15g
Contraindications (TCM) CI: cough or wheeze from LU Cold
Contraindications (Western)
Chemical Composition Morusin, mulberrin, mulberrochromene, cyclomulberrin, cyclomuberrochromene, mulberrofuran A, kuwanon, sanggenon, moracenin, betulinic acid, α-amyrin, β-amyrin
Pharmacological Effects • Diuretic: water and alcohol extracts given via oral or intraperitoneal administration had marked diuretic effect by increasing excretion of water, sodium, chloride and potassium
• Cardiovascular: water and alcohol extracts have moderate and prolonged antihypertensive effects in dogs, rabbits, and rats; antihypertensive effect was negated by administration of atropine
• Gastrointestinal: intravenous injection of alcohol extract in dogs stimulated intestinal smooth muscle to increase peristalsis; water extract did not have same effect
• Analgesic: water extract has analgesic effect in mice; at 2 g/kg, comparable in effect to 0.5 g/kg of aspirin
• Antibiotic: inhibitory effect against S. aureus, Salmonella typhi, and Bacillus dysenteriae
• Others: antitussive, sedative, hypnotic, and antipyretic effects
Herb-Drug Interactions
Classical Formula(s)

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Wu Pi San (Five Peel powder) 五皮散

Bu Fei Tang (Tonify the Lungs Decoction) 補肺湯

Jiu Xian San (delete Mi Zhi Ying Su Ke) (Nine-Immortal Powder) 九仙散(減蜜製罌粟殼)


This information is a reference tool for Chinese herbal studies. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult a primary health professional if you require health advisory.