Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Psoraliae
Common English: Psoraliae Fruit
Scurf Pea Berry
Herbs that Tonify the Yang
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Very Warm
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies the Kidneys, strengthens Yang, stabilizes Jing and astringes urine

Kidney Yang Deficiency with impotence, premature ejaculation, enuresis, urinary frequency, a cold and painful lower back and extremities

Kidneys unable to grasp Qi

Weakening of Ming Men Fire

Tonifies and warms Spleen Yang and stops diarrhea

Diarrhea due to Spleen Yang Deficiency with borborygmus and abdominal pain

Most appropriate for those with both Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency

Topically for vitiligo Vitiligo (soaked in wine and applied topically)
  • Contraindicated for those with deficient Yin with Heat signs or constipation.
  • Contraindicated for those with Damp-Heat causing atrophy of the bones.
  • Use cautiously for Cold Deficiency of the Stomach.
  • Use with caution during pregnancy.
  • Antagonizes Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao.

Sm. Juglandis
Hu Tao Ren
Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum
Chen Xiang
(Sm. Cuscutae)
(Tu Si Zi)

Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren

Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou
Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi
Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu


Nighttime and daytime urinary frequency due to Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Severe lower back pain or premature ejaculation, cough and wheezing from Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Daybreak diarrhea with abdominal pain, and borborygmus, relieved upon evacuation, and a deep thin pulse with a white tongue coat.

Diarrhea from Spleen Yang Deficiency with Cold.

Sm. Juglandis
Hu Tao Ren

Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang

Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou

Low back pain with premature ejaculation, coughing and wheezing due to Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Fortifies Kidney Yang to help it grasp the Qi in treating asthma, coughs and wheezing, strengthens the sinews and bones and treats aching of the lower back and knees, impotence and premature ejaculation due to Lower Jiao Cold .

Kidney Yang Deficiency with clear, frequent, profuse urination or spermatorrhea or dysmenorrhea with lower back ache, late periods and coldness in the lower abdomen.

Spleen Yang Deficiency or Stomach Cold with epigastric distention, anorexia, nausea, explosive diarrhea or unformed stools with gripping abdominal pain.

Diarrhea due to Spleen Yang Deficiency.

Ootheca Mantidis
Sang Piao Xiao
Fr. Rubi
Fu Pen Zi
Rx. Linderae
Wu Yao
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
End. Corneum Gigeriae Galli
Ji Nei Jin

Calcined Fossilia Ossis Mastodi
Duan Long Gu
Calcined Concha Ostreae
Duan Mu Li
Hb. Taxilli
Sang Ji Sheng

Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Fr. Chebulae
He Zi
Fu Ling
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
z. Zingiberis Preparata
Pao Jiang

Ootheca Mantidis
Sang Piao Xiao
Sm. Cuscutae
Tu Si Zi
Rx. Linderae
Wu Yao
Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae
Yi Zhi Ren

Chronic urinary incontinence in adolescents or adults.

Chronic malaria, enteritis, and other chronic gastrointestinal disorders with diarrhea.

Urinary incontinence and polyuria.

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Sm. Juglandis
Hu Tao Ren


Heaviness, coldness and extreme pain in the lower back.



  1. The literal translation is “tonify bone resin”.
  2. It treats the Lower Jiao when Yuan Qi is Deficient or Cold.
  3. It generates Earth - the Spleen becomes warm and strong.
  4. It has recently been used for uterine bleeding, excessive menstrual bleeding, post-abortion excessive bleeding, bleeding due to birth control pill or IUD use, hemophilia, epistaxis and ulcers.
  5. It helps the Yang to ascend.
  6. When used for vitiligo, the affected area should be exposed to daylight after application for 10 minutes or 2-5 minutes under ultraviolet light. It should be washed to prevent local skin reactions. If reactions occur cease using Bu Gu Zhi.
  7. It has been shown to prevent miscarriage.
  8. Its hemostatic action has a slow onset.
  9. It also has a fracture healing ability.
  10. This herb can be used alone or served with rice congee for polyuria in the elderly.
  11. It can be used alone as a powder taken with warm liquor for low back pain.
  12. Both Bu Gu Zhi and Sm. Astragali Complanati Sha Yuan Zi tonify Kidney Yang, astringe Jing and treat urinary dysfunction. Bu Gu Zhi is very warm, tonifies Spleen Yang and astringes diarrhea. Sha Yuan Zi is not too warm or drying and brightens eyes. It tonifies the Liver and Kidney Deficiency that leads to blurred vision.
  13. Both Bu Gu Zhi and Fr. Alpiniae Oxyphyllae Yi Zhi Ren tonify the Spleen and Kidneys, fortify Yang, stop diarrhea, astringe Jing and urine and are commonly used to treat Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiencies. Bu Gu Zhi Primarily warms the Kidneys thereby indirectly warms the Spleen Yang. It treats chronic diarrhea and cock-crow diarrhea due to Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiencies. It also treats lower back pain. Yi Zhi Ren more strongly warms Spleen Yang, and secondarily warms the Kidneys to treat diarrhea associated with with the exposure of the Spleen and Stomach to Cold. it also treats uterine bleeding.
  14. Dry-fried Psoralea Chao Bu Gu Zhi is less bitter and drying and less acrid and dispersing to better warm the Yang and stop diarrhea.
  15. Salt-fried Psoralea Yan Chao Bu Gu Zhi also known as Prepared Psoralea Zhi Bu Gu Zhi directly enters the Kidney channel to better tonify and astringe the Lower Jiao. it is often used to treat urinary incontinence, impotence and Kidneys failing to grasp Qi.
  16. Wine-fried Psoralea Jiu Chao Bu Gu Zhi has an enhanced acrid flavor and dispersing ability to strengthen its ability to treat Wind-Damp Bi.