Croton Seed (Badou)

Croton Seed (Badou)

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Crotonis
Botanical Name: Croton tiglium L.
Common Name:Croton seed
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The dried bone is collected from Costazia Sp.         
Properties and Taste: Pungent and very toxic
Meridian: Stomach and large intestine
Functions: To drain accumulated cold downward
To transform water and reduce edema
To resolve phlegm and benefit throat
Indications and Combinations: 1.     Abdominal pain and constipation due to cold or retention of food in the intestines.
*Use with Rhubarb (Dahuang) and Dried ginger (Ganjiang) in the formula Sanwu Beiji Wan.

2.  Retention of milk in babies, profuse sputum and infantile convulsions.
*Use with Medicated leaven (Shenqu), Arisaema tuner with bile (Dannanxing) and Cinnabar (Zhusha) in the formula Baochi San.

3.   Ascites.
*Use with Apricot seed (Xingren).

4.      Pharyngitis, excessive sputum blocking the windpipe, rapid breathing and even suffocation.
*The powder is blown into the throat to cause vomiting.

5.     Boils and carbuncles.
*Use externally. 
Dosage: 0.1-0.3 g
Cautions: This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy. It must not be mixed with the herb Pharbitis flower (Qianniuhua). No hot food or drinks should be consumed while administering the herb.