Pharmaceutical Latin: Lasiosphera/Calvatia
Common English: Puffball
Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Diseases
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Tincture: 0.5-2ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Lung Heat, relieves Fire toxicity and Improves the throat

Swollen, painful throat and loss of voice due to Fire toxin

Cough and asthma due to Lung Heat

Stops bleeding

Bleeding especially in the mouth or lips (topically and internally)

Bleeding gums due to frostbite
  • Contraindicated for those with loss of voice due to Wind-Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with no Lung Heat.

Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen
Rz. Belamcandae
She Gan
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Rz. Imperatae
Bai Mao Gen
Nodus Nelumbinis Rhizomatis
Ou Jie
Cacumen Platycladi
Ce Bai Ye

Pain and swelling of the throat and neck

Wind-Heat obstruction leading to swelling and pain of the throat

Clears the upper body, restores normal descent, nourishes Yin and stops pain

Epistaxis and hematemesis

Sm. Oroxyli
Gu Zhi Hua
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

Loss of voice

  1. This herb is especially good for resolving toxic swelling of the throat with cough and loss of voice due to Wind-Heat Attacking the Lungs.
  2. It clears the Lungs, disperses Blood Heat and resolves toxicity and is good for continuous nosebleeds, or hemoptysis during pregnancy (take 1.5g in a powder and wash down with rice congee)
  3. It dries Dampness and is excellent for all types of sores.
  4. It can be sprinkled on the affected area for sore throat.
  5. It is extremely dusty and should be handled with a mask.
  6. Both Ma Bo and Rx. Sophorae Tonkinensis Shan Dou Gen clear Heat, benefit the throat, disperse clumps and resolve toxicity. Shan Dou Gen is bitter and cold, enters the Heart, Lungs and Large Intestine. In the Upper Jiao, it clears Heat from the Heart and Lungs. In the Lower Jiao, it conducts Fire in the Large Intestine downward, dries Dampness and kill parasites. It focuses on the Heart, Lungs, Intestines and Stomach, treating swelling and pain in the teeth and gums. Ma Bo is acrid, and neutral, enters the Lung channel. It clears Lung Fire, disperses constrained Fire, stops bleeding and assists the healing of sores. It focuses on the Lungs and Blood, treating epistaxis.