Biota Leaves, Ce Bai Ye, 侧柏叶, Platycladus orientalis

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Health Benefits
For: Excessive nosebleed • Excessive menstrual bleed • Bloody stool •Whooping cough • Bloody mucus • Bloody urine • Bleeding ulcers • Bleeding hemorrhoids • Parotitis • Pulmonary tuberculosis • Deficiency bleeding • Hair loss from oily scalp • Cough with hot phlegm
Attributes: Astringent • Sedative • Antitussive • Expectorant • Hypotensive • Antibiotic • hemostatic
Products (online examples)

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Research (sample)

Juniperic acid • Cedrol • Thujone • Volatile oils • Sabinic acid

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Fun Facts
Other Names: Bian Bai • Bai Ye • Platycladus leaves • Oriental Arborvitae, Oriental Thuja • Cacumen Platycladi • Biota Orientalis
Plant Family: Cupressaceae
None noted
Platycladus orientalis is in the USDA database.  Drill down via USDA Interactive Map:

USA: Platycladus orientalis has been introduced to Florida.  

USDA Zones: 6-9

World: Western China, North East Iran, North Korea

Habitats: Dry and rocky valley slopes

Properties, Actions, Indications, etc.              Category: Stop Bleeding 
English: Biota Leaves    Pinyin:  Ce Bai Ye      Pharmaceutical: Platycladi Cacumen  
Organs: Large Intestine • Liver • Lungs  Temperature: Warm  
Taste: Bitter • Astringent  Toxicity:   
Patterns: Bleeding • Blood heat • Cough 
Actions:  Cools blood • Stop bleeding • Dissolve mucus • Stop cough • Topically heal burns
Indications: Bleeding • Cough • Burns • Blood heat
Contraindications: Spleen deficiency cold • Stomach deficiency cold • Blood stasis • Not for long term use Oil contains thujone which can cause muscle spasms and convulsions if overdosed.
Typical Dosage: 6g to 15g          Guidelines
Parts Used: Leaves  
Combine With Purpose
Da Ji + Bai Mo Gen + Xiao Ji Vomiting bright red blood; profuse nosebleed; bloody urine [3],[17],[18]
Gan Jiang + Ai Ye Deficiency cold: pale tongue, weak paulse, sallow face, and persistent vomiting of blood [3],[17],[18]
Zhi Pao Jiang + Zhi Ai Ye Deficiency cold bleeding [3]
Bai Shao Excessive menstrual bleeding [3],[18]
Dang Shen + Dang Gui + sheng Di Huang + Xian He Cao Qi and blood deficiency causing excessive menstrual bleeding [3],[17],[18]
Dang Shen + Dang Gui Qi and blood deficiency uterine bleeding [3]
Xian He Cao + Ou Jie + Pu Huang Persistent bleeding [3]
Zhi Ban Xia Hot phlegm cough [3],[18]
Zhi Fu Zi Hair loss [3],[18]
60% alcohol Itchy scalp / hair loss [18]
Jing Jie +Da Huang + Warm water  Bleeding hemorrhoids [18]
He Ye + Ai Ye Hot blood: Vomiting blood; nosebleed [17]
Zi Su Ye + Xing Ren + Bai Mao Gen + Chuan Bei Mu Lung-heat and lung qi counterflow: Coughing and wheezing [17]
Sheng Di Huang Blood heat bleeding [3]
Pu Huang Heat uterine bleeding [3]
Powder Skin burns [18]
Powder paste Gum disease (gingivitis) [18]
Huai Hua + Di Yu Bloody stool [3],[18]
Da Zao Persistent hot, dry, and unproductive cough [3]
Formulas with Ce Bai Ye
Bai Ye TangHuai Hua San • Qing Re Zhi Beng Tang • Shi Hui San •Si Sheng Wan

Be cautions with all medicine.
  • None noted.
Potential Drug Interactions

Herbal medicine may interact negatively with pharma drugs and other herbs.  Examples below:


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Information in this post came from many sources, including class notes, practitioners, websites, webinars, books, magazines, and editor's personal experience.  While the original source often came from historical Chinese texts,  variations may result from the numerous English translations.   Always consult a doctor prior to using these drugs.  The information here is strictly for educational purposes. 

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