BA DOU 巴豆

BA DOU 巴豆

Crotonis Fructus (巴豆) is the dried ripe fruit of Croton tiglium L., family Euphorbiaceae.

Other name    
Salot (Thai name), Badou (Chinese name), Croton Fruit

Macroscopic character
Ovoid, usually 3-ribbed. External greyish-yellow, rough, with 6 longitudinal lines, apex truncate, base with a fruit stalk scar, on opening shell, 3 loculi in the shell each containing 1 seed. Seed slightly flattened-elliptical, external brown or greyish-brown, kernels yellowish-white, oily. Odor, slight; taste, pungent.



Important cultivation area
Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou provinces.

Processing method
Remove the coats to take the kernels.

Traditional Chinese Medicine action
Pungent; highly toxic; hot. Enter stomach and large intestine channels. Topical application; to heal wounds.

Usage and dosage 
Appropriate amount for topical application, ground into powder for applying to pars affecta, or mashed and wraped by cloth for rubbing the pars affecta.

* Contraindication and precaution *
Contraindicated for pregnant woman. Incompatible with Qianniuzi.



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