Bitter, slightly pungent and cold
Lung and large intestine
1. To clear the lungs and resolve phlegm; 2. To stop cough and soothe asthma
1. Heat in the lungs manifested as cough with profuse yellow sputum and asthma. Birthwort fruit (Ma Dou Ling)is used with Loquat leaf (Pi Pa Ye), Peucedanum root (Qian Hu), Mulberry bark (Sang Bai Pi) and Scutellaria root (Huang Qin).2. Deficiency of the lungs manifested as cough with scanty sputum or with bloody sputum and shortness of breath. Birthwort fruit (Madouling) is used with Glehnia root (Sha Shen), Ophiopogon root (Maidong), Aster root (Zi Wan) and Donkey hide gelatin (E Jiao).
Overdosage of the herb may cause nausea and vomiting.