Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Phaseoli
Common English: Phaseolus
Aduki Bean
Rice Bean
Herbs that Drain Dampness (Diuretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Small Intestine
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Promotes urination and reduces edema

Abdominal swelling and fullness due to edema, urinary difficulty and leg Qi

Clears Damp Heat

Mild jaundice due to Damp-Heat

Disperses Blood Stasis, reduces swelling and reduces Fire toxicity (dispels pus)

Chuang Yung (sores, carbuncles, furuncles)

  • Frequent ingestion may lead to Dryness.
  • Do not use without signs of Dampness.
  • Overdose can cause miscarriage.
  • It may cause allergic reactions.


Fr. Jujube
Da Zao

Pedicellus Melo
Gua Di

As a soup for edema due to Kidney Deficiency.

Deficiency edema. (as in malnutrition)

Food Stagnation or Phlegm obstructing the chest and diaphragm.

Hb. Ephedrae
Ma Huang
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Spica Schizonepetae
Jing Jie Sui


Damp-Heat jaundice. (mild case)

Resolves toxicity, disperses Blood and expels pus, for Intestinal Wind due to Damp-Heat (the passage of Blood preceding the stool) or Lung or Large Intestine abscesses or bleeding hemorrhoids.

Topically as a plaster for Chuang Yung. (abscesses etc.)

Clears Heat, promotes the flow of Blood, reduces rashes and alleviates itching for itchy Wind-Rash and swollen, toxic sores.


  1. Long term use of this herb can stimulate weight loss.
  2. This herb can be eaten as a food to drain water or Dampness downward out of the body.
  3. Some sources say that this herb clears Heat from the Heart.
  4. This herb directs downward and enters both the Qi and Blood levels.
  5. It reduces edema, resolves Summerheat, alleviates thirst and treats many types of edema, Summerheat and insatiable thirst due to Stomach Heat.
  6. Chi Xiao Dou, Sm. Phaseoli Lu Dou and Sm. Glycinis Hei Dou all facilitate urination, eliminate edema, resolve toxicity, treat skin lesions, abdominal distention, Damp-Heat jaundice and Heat-toxin abscesses and swelling. Chi Xiao Dou is sweet, sour, neutral or slightly cool, enters the Heart and Small Intestine channels, enters the Qi level to benefit the Stomach, cool Heat, and promote urination. It leads pathogenic water or Summerheat out through the urine and treats edema, diarrhea or dysenteric disorders and jaundice. It also enters the Blood level to descend Fire, move the Blood, reduce Heat toxin and treat boils, abscesses and ulcerations from intense heat toxin in the Blood. It can be applied externally or taken internally. Lu Dou is sweet and cool, enters the heart and Stomach channels, cools Summerheat and reduces toxic reactions to other herbs. It is good for Heat Stroke and insatiable thirst and is often combined with Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao as an antidote for poisoning,especially from herbs. It more strongly suppresses Heat and resolves toxins without drying than Chi Xiao Dou. Hei Dou Black Soybeans are sweet, neutral, enter the Spleen and Kidney channels, move Blood, promote urination, expel Wind and resolve toxicity. They treat edema, reduce distention, descend rebellious Qi, control Wind-Heat, invigorate the Blood and reduce toxicity. Combined with Rx. Glycyrrhizae, it is an antidote for all herbal poisoning and is often used with other herbs for Wind-predominant Bi with spasms, postpartum convulsions and Heat toxin swellings and abscesses. In can be used externally as well as internally.