Dittany bark (Baixianpi)
Pharmaceutical Name: Cortex Dictamni radicis
Botanical Name: Dictamnus dasycarpus Turcz.
Common Name: Dittany bark, Fraxinella
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used: The roots are dug in spring or autumn. After the fibrous roots have been removed, the bark is peeled off, cut into slices and dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Bitter and cold
Meridians: Spleen and stomach
1. To clear heat and release toxins.
2. To remove damp and stop itching.
Indications & Combinations: Boils and ulcers or itching of the skin. Dittany bark (Baixianpi) is used with Flavescent sophora root (Kushen), Phellodendron bark (Huangbai) and Atractylodes rhizome (Cangzhu).
Dosage: 6-10 g