Ingredient Name: Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae, tendrilled fritillary bulb

Traditional Chinese Name: 川貝 (chuān bèi)

What is this?
  • The dried flower bulb of the Fritillaria plant (which is a perennial herb) that contains about 100 species of this bulbous plant
  • The exact plant is the Fritillariae Cirrhosae, which is one of these species
  • A recognized official drug in Chinese medicine
  • The bulbs are often white-beige in color and around 1-2 cm in diameter and are very light weight
  • Various forms of this herb can be found as dried (as pictured above), powdered or cream

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water before usage to ensure all dirt and soil is removed

Where can I buy this?

  • Most herbal shops will carry this
  • Wet marts in Hong Kong will also sometimes carry this
  • Not commonly found in western supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • Not very expensive

Any benefits?

  • Ideal in removing heat and fire from the body
  • Great for bringing moisture to the lungs and throat
  • Helps in dissolving phlegm and relieving coughs
  • Aids in conditions such as asthma, chronic coughs, bronchitis (or other conditions of the lungs)

Any precautions?

  • The unprocessed and raw bulbs are toxic
  • Pregnant woman should avoid this herb (as there is limited visibility and studies on the effects of fetuses)
  • Limit exposure to children as well (for the same reason as above)
  • Purchase from a reputable source