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Chuan bei mu  川貝 母  (in English and Chinese 中英文)

Zhe bei mu  浙貝母

by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

Click here to see picture of herb. 按此看圖。

Pharmaceutical name:

英 文药名:

chuan bei mu: Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae

zhe bei mu: Bulbus Fritillariae Thunbergii

Biological name:

拉 丁學名:

chuan bei mu:   Fritillaria cirrhosa D. Don; F. unibracteata Hsiao et K. C. Hsiao, F. prezwalskii Maxim., F. delavayi Franch.

zhe bei mu: Fritillaria thunbergii Miq., also as Fritillaria verticillata Willd. var. Fritillaria thunbergii Bak.

Pron. in Japanese:

日 語發音:


Pron. in Korean:

韓 語發音:


Pron. in Cantonese:

粤 語發音:

cyun1 bui3 (chuan bei 川貝);

zit3 bui3 (zhe bei 浙貝)

Other Names:

別 名:

chuan bei mu:  chuan bei 川貝, jian bei mu 尖貝母

zhe bei mu: zhe bei 浙貝, xiang bei 象貝, da bei mu 大貝母

Common Name:

tendrilled fritillaria blb, fritillaria

Prescription Names: 

處 方名﹕

chuan bei, zhe bei, dong bei, da bei, yuan bao bei, zhu bei.

川貝﹐浙貝﹐東貝﹐大貝﹐元 寶貝﹐珠貝。




chuan bei mu: Sichuan, Yunnan, Xizang

zhe bei mu: Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Hunan



Properties (characteristics):


chuan bei mu: mildly cold, sweet, bitter

zhe bei mu: bitter cold

川貝母: 性微寒,味甘苦

浙貝母: 苦


Channels (meridians) entered:


heart, lung

心, 肺

Actions & Indications:


Clears lung heat and rids of phlegm, hot cough due to yinxu with thick phlegm, breast scrofula, nodules, external application for boils.

Chuan bei mu is mildly cold and good for moisturizing: chronic cough that injured yin ( into yinxu), dry cough without phlegm.

zhe bei mu is colder than chuan bei mu: its purging is stronger than chuan bei mu. It is used for getting rid of stagnant phlegm, stopping cough, scrofula and boils. Suitable for cough with yellow phlegm.

潤肺散結,止咳化痰。肺 熱 陰 虛 咳 嗽 痰 稠 肺癰乳 腺 炎   肺 虛 瘰 瘳 久 咳 外治惡瘡。

川貝母苦甘微寒,以滋潤見長,用於肺燥咳嗽及久咳傷陰乾 咳無痰的。
適 用於外感風邪,用於清肺散結,化 痰止咳,瘰癧痰核,癰腫瘡毒之 證。有黃痰者適用。

Medical Function:

1. Suppress cough and expels phlegm.

2. Small amount of the saponin can raise blood pressure of dogs, cats, and rabbits while large amount can lower it.

3. injection of 7.5 ml/kg peimine to rabbits, increased blood sugar and it was able to maintain it for more than 2 hours [3]

4. antibiotic effect.



給兔子注射7.5ml/kg 貝母甲素能增高其血糖并能维持多過2小時。


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Chemical Ingredients:









Chemical Ingredients:

1. Chuan bei mu (川 貝母): chinpeimine, sonpeimine, fritimine, sipemine.

2. An zi bei mu (暗紫貝母):  songbeisine, 26-Imino-17, 23beta-oxido-5alpha-jerv-12-en-11-oxo-3beta-ol[1].

3. Gansu bei mu (甘肅貝母): minpeimine, minpeiminine.

4. Suo sha bei mu (梭砂貝 母): Imperialine, Delavine, Delavinone[2], Chuanbeinone[3], Dalafrinone [(22S, 25S) -3beta, 16Beta-dihydroxy-5alpha-cevanin-6-one], Dalafrine[ (22S, 25S) -5alpha-cevanine-3beta, 6beta, 16beta-triol] (22R, 25S) - Solanid-5-enine-3beta, 5alpha, 6beta-triol[4], beilupeimine, fritiminine.

5. Zhe bei mu (浙貝母): peimine, peiminine, propeimine, peimidine, peimiphine, peimisine, peimitidinek, isoverticine, peimisnoside.


用 量:

For decoction: 3 to 10 g. As powder form (mixed in water): 1 to 2 g.

煎服:3克 至10研 粉沖服或調服用1克至2克。

Commonly Used formulae:


dang gui bei mu ku shen wan, jie geng bai san, yang fei tang.


Modern Research:

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Not to use by those withpixu (spleen deficient) type of cold, with wet phlegm and cold cough. Also not to use she dan chuan bei mo, chen pi chuan bei mo, chuan bei mu, fu fang she dan chuan bei mo. Raw bei mu is toxic and not for internal use.

脾虛及有濕痰者 忌用貝母 包括:蛇末 ,陳皮川末 ,川末 ,復方蛇。 生的貝母有毒 不可內服

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