Phelledendron Bark – Huang Bai

Scutellaria - Huang Bai

Huang bai – Phellodendri Cortex – Chief Anti-microbial Herb.

Western properties:

Root Functions: Antibacterial, anti-spirochetal, anti-viral, anti-yeast, anti-fungal, anti- malarial.

Western Symptom functions: Relieve pain, increase cognition, reduce fatigue, improve digestion, improve circulation, improve vision, improve sleep and many other symptoms associated with Lyme related disease.

Phellodendri Cortex, like Scutellariae Radix, contains high amounts of berberine, baicalin, phellodendrine, palmatine and other antimicrobial properties. Similar to Scutellariae Radix, Phellodendron Cortex has many of the same biochemical compounds, however Phellodendri Cortex contains palmatine where Scutellariae Radix does not. Palmatine is just another biochemical compound that has shown effectiveness against spirochete Helicobactor Pylori. It can be assumed if it has been effective against one spirochete, then the likelihood of its effectiveness against another spirochete is likely. There are many other biochemical compounds in Phellodendri Cortex that work synergistically together to optimize its medicinal functions. Phellodendri Cortex has strong wide spectrum antibacterial, antifungal, anti-yeast, anti-mold, anti-spirochetal, anti-viral, anti-tumor and antineoplastic properties. 855 studies and research articles on Phellodendri Cortex have been published in one single database. Thousands of studies have been done on its individual biochemical components, making Phellodendri Cortex a key herb in managing symptoms, improving organ function, attenuating organ and tissue damage and addressing the root cause of many diseases associated with Lyme related disease.

Western Bioactive Biomedical Biochemical Compounds:

Berberine, Phellodendrine, Palmatine, Candicin, Menisperine, Magnoflorine, Jatrorrhizine, phellochin and more.

Chinese medicine description:

Like Huang Qin, Huang bai is cold and bitter. It removes damp heat obstruction, which in turn helps improve the movement of Qi and circulation of blood. By removing damp heat and indirectly improving circulation, pain lessens, blood supply is able to get to where it needs to go to assist treatment in doing its job most effectively, lymph flow improves, inflammation reduces and detoxification is optimized.


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    © Dr. Patrick Lynch, February 2024

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