Chinese green onion (Congbai)

Chinese green onion (Congbai)

Pharmaceutical Name: Bulbus Allii Fistulosi

Botanical Name: Allium fistulosum L.

Common Name: Allium bulb, Wild scallion, Chinese green onion.

Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing

Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The fresh, white bulb is gathered in any season.

Properties & Taste: Pungent and warm.

Meridians: Lung and stomach

Functions: 1. To release the exterior and cause sweating; 2. To disperse cold by invigorating yang-qi; 3. To alleviate toxins

Indications & Combinations:

  1. Initial stage of wind-cold exterior syndrome (the very early stage of common cold).Chinese green onion (Congbai)is used with Fresh ginger (Shengjiang) and Prepared soybean (Douchi).
  2. Abdominal pain due to stagnation of qi by cold, or retention of urine due to dysfunction of qi of the urinary bladder.The heated Chinese green onion (Congbai) is used for external application on the umbilicus.
  3. Boils, carbuncles, ulceration and skin disease.The mashed Chinese green onion (Congbai) can be mixed with honey and applied to the affected area.

Dosage: 3-10 g.

Cautions & Contraindications: This herb should not be taken with honey.

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