Niu Bang Zi - Great Burdock Fruit - TCM Herb Pictures

Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture-Herbs-Formulas


Search TCM Health-info by keyword or phrase


the SAGE newsletter

Sign-up now for this simple yet essential e-mail newsletter.

Click here


Acupuncture schools



Over 300 Chinese herb pictures!


Send in your case studies, articles, essays!  You could get featured on TCM Health-info’s home page!

Be Heard!



(World Health Organization)

List of conditions treatable by Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture


TCM Health-info



Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and...




Niu Bang Zi

Also Known As:
Arctium, Bardana, Bardanae Radix, Bardane, Beggar's Buttons, Burr Seed, Clotbur, Cocklebur, Cockle Buttons, Edible Burdock, Fox's Clote, Great Bur, Great Burdocks, Happy Major, Hardock, Harebur, Lappa, Love Leaves, Personata, Philanthropium, Thorny Burr. Arctium lappa; Arctium minus; Arctium tomentosum.
Family: Asteraceae or Compositae.




Niu Bang Zi        Properties: PUNGENT, BITTER  - COLD                Dosage: 3 – 9g.

Great Burdock Fruit        Meridian: LUNG, STOMACH

(Arctium)     -expel wind-heat, benefits throat – fever, cough, sore-red-swollen throat

                  -clear heat, relieve toxicity – red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, rashes

                  -moisten intestines – constipation due to wind-heat


Also Used For:

Orally, Niu Bang Zi/Burdock is used as a diuretic, "blood purifier", antimicrobial, antipyretic, and to treat anorexia nervosa, GI complaints, rheumatism, gout, cystitis, and chronic skin conditions including acne and psoriasis.
Topically, Niu Bang Zi/Burdock is used for dry skin (ichthyosis) and eczema.
Folk medicine, burdock is used for treating colds, catarrh, cancers, and as an aphrodisiac.
Historically, burdock has been used in the treatment of gout and syphilitic disorders.
Food, burdock is consumed in Asia.















© 2002


Chinese Medicine Tools: FREE Radio-Video-Podcasts-Articles-Blogs-Forums-Research-Pictures-Case Studies-Listings-Classifieds