Pharmaceutical Latin: Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae
Common English: Fritillaria Bulb
Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Coughing: Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cold
Powder: 1-1.5g
Tincture: 1-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, stops coughing and nourishes and moistens the Lungs

Chronic cough especially due to Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire Rising with chronic cough, slight sputum, difficult to expectorate, Blood streaked sputum

Cough with Qi Stagnation with reduced appetite and a stifling sensation in the chest and abdomen

Clears Heat and dissipates nodules

Phlegm-Fire nodules (Chuang Yung sores, swellings, scrofula, Lung or breast abscesses)

  • Ineffective for Wind-Phlegm, Cold-Phlegm or Damp-Phlegm.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with digestive weakness with Phlegm present.
  • The raw, unprocessed herb is toxic and should never be taken internally.
  • Incompatible with Rx. Aconiti Wu Tou.
  • Counteracts Rx. Gentianae Qin Jiao.

Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren

Fol. Eriobotryae
Pi Pa Ye
Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rz. Polygonati Odorati
Yu Zhu

Clears Qi and nourishes Yin.

Coughing with scanty, difficult to expectorate sputum due to Yin Deficiency Fire burning the Lungs.

Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum.

Wheezing and coughing from externally contracted Lung disorders.

Non-productive cough from Lung Deficiency disorders.

Coughing of thick, yellow sputum due to Phlegm-Fire.

Chronic cough with fatigue, irritability, excessive or bloody sputum, a stifling sensation and distention in the chest with palpitations and insomnia.

Rx. Polygalae
Yuan Zhi
Fu Ling
Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou

Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Painful obstruction of the chest with palpitations and insomnia.

Scrofula and abscesses.

Directs Phlegm-Fire downward.

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Tonifies without accumulation.

Harmonizes the Ying Qi.

Releases constrained toxins.

Treats goiter.

Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren

Rx. Asteris
Zi Wan
Flos Farfarae
Kuan Dong Hua

Sm. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou Ren
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen

Snake Bile

Chronic cough with Lung Deficiency, dry cough with little sputum or cough with Blood-streaked sputum.

Cough with Phlegm and Dryness in the Lungs.

Cough with Excess Phlegm and Heat.

Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren

Fr. Perillae
Zi Su Zi
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng



Wind-Cold cough.



  1. This herb is most effective in treating cough with Qi Stagnation, manifesting as reduced appetite, and a stifling sensation in the chest and upper abdomen.
  2. Bul. Fritillariae Cirrhosae Chuan Bei Mu, nourishes and moistens the Lung and is commonly used in chronic conditions like tuberculosis, while Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii Zhe Bei Mu is stronger and more commonly used in acute conditions of cough and asthma with thick Phlegm.
  3. This herb counteracts the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
  4. This herb has been used as a galactagogue.
  5. Some sources say that this herb supplements Lung Qi and relieves melancholy.
  6. This herb can disperse constrained Qi in the Heart and chest and treats those with uneasiness in the Heart, anxiety and constraint.
  7. It directs Heart Fire downward and is effective in treating Lin Syndrome.
  8. Because of its expense, it is usually used in powder or pill form rather than in decoction.
  9. This herb is effective for lymph gland swelling.
  10. This herb has been shown to have an anti-cancer effect.
  11. This herb is said to be an astringent and detoxicant, protects the Heart, reinforces the viscera is said to cure furuncles, swelling and tumors.
  12. It is also said to eliminate toxins, relieve Stagnation and invigorate the Blood, for consumptive diseases of the Lung, pulmonary abscess, goiter, subcutaneous nodules, cellulitis and many other types of infections.
  13. It is also said to treat Lung Deficiency, chronic asthma, a dry throat with scanty Phlegm, scrofula and breast and Lung carbuncles.