Yunnan Baiyao | Yunnan Paiyao
What is Yunnan Baiyao?
Yunnan Baiyao(云南白药), a.k.a. yunnan paiyao, yun nan bai-yao, yunan bai yao, yunan paiyao, yunnan pai-yao, hunnan baiyao, yuhnahn pie yow, White Medicine from Yunnan, has been extensively used in Asia for many years and is considered a sort of miracle drug for wounds, pain, and hemorrhage. It is famous for being carried in their first aid kits by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War. It has been used by Chinese soldiers for hundreds of years. In China, its reputation is similar to that of Penicillin in the U.S.
It is useful for any type of open wound and any kind of surgery. It reduces recovery time for surgery by half because it mends injured blood vessels. It does not interfere with Western sedative drugs, so can be used the same day as surgery. By immediately activating blood circulation, it helps resolve bleeding, pain, and swelling. It heals oozing wounds and damaged blood vessels, while expelling pus and counteracting toxins.
Its primary application is acute traumatic bleeding, where the powder is applied directly to the cut. The product is antibacterial as well as homeostatic. It is taken internally to inhibit internal bleeding due to trauma, surgery or cerebral hemorrhage.
Unlike Western pain drugs, it does not turn off pain centers in the brain, but instead facilitates circulation, bringing oxygen to the injury. Cuts heal quickly with even a single application, and with a butterfly bandage it can help seal smaller wounds that might otherwise require stitches. In various clinical studies, it has shown to reduce clotting time by 33% to 55%.
It is also used for traumatic swelling or bruising, or for other blood disorders including thrombocytopenic purpura and leukemia.
Stops bleeding, dispels blood stasis, disperses swelling, clears heat, resolves toxins, relieves pain.
Indications (Symptoms and Conditions)
- Chronic stomachache, gastric & bleeding ulcers
- Sore and swelling throat
- Gynecological blood stasis, including amenorrhea, irregular menstruation, menorrhagia, uterine bleeding and leucorrhoea,and postpartum blood stasis.
- Hemoptysis caused by bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasia, and tuberculosis
- Blood in urine or stool.
- Hemangiosarcoma, nasal tumors, and other bleeding tumors in dogs, cats, and horses
- Acute traumatic bleeding
- Knife wounds
- Gunshot wounds
- Hot or oozing sores
- Poisoned sores
|Use is contraindicated in individuals with allergic reaction to Yunnan Baiyao. It is also contraindicated internally for pregnant women. |
About Hemangiosarcoma and Bleeding Tumors in Animals
Hemangiosarcoma is a very deadly cancer in dogs, mainly Goldens and German Shepherds, which generally isn't diagnosed until the dog collapses or dies. This sort of cancer is genetic, hereditary, and it runs in bloodlines. It causes a tumor in the heart (also seen in the spleen, and other organs) that leads to fluid build-up in the pericardium. Yunnan Baiyao has been used successfully to relieve the fluid build up and help with the dog's comfort level. Typical dosage: 2 capsules, twice a day, with food.
For general Canine Cancer information: TESTIMONIAL (Veterinary):
"Yunnan Baiyao has been found to be beneficial in both our oncology and emergency patients for many reasons. Patients with excessive bleeding caused by trauma, hemorrhagic pericardial effusion, bleeding skin tumors, and hemorrhagic abdominal effusion may benefit from this Chinese herbal supplement. Patients with single or multiple internal masses are prone to bleeding or can sometimes rupture causing a large amount of blood to build up in the abdomen. The patients we expect to benefit the most from this product include: hemangiosarcoma, heart based tumors, liver tumors, mast cell tumors, any bleeding nasal tumor, and some types of melanomas. Unfortunately most tumors have the potential to bleed either due to their type and/or location. We have been using both the oral and topical form of the Yunnan Baiyao.
The red pills are used for acute bleeding or discovery of acute bleeding. We have recently started using the red pill on the day of surgery, such as stable splenectomies. If the red pill is used in acute emergencies, we will start the regular capsules 2-6 hours later. We dose our pets as follows: Cats and dogs <10 lbs 1EOD, dogs 11-20 lbs 1 every 24 hours, 21-89 lbs 1 every 12 hours, >90 lbs 2 every 12 hours.
With some cases as they progress in their disease, the tumors grow larger, or the bleeding/oozing is more frequent we may have the owners increase the frequency to every 6-8 hours. "
Tessa Bowers, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Editor's Note: These testimonials are provided as anecdotal evidence of
successful treatment using Yunnan Baiyao. The dosages stated are not
clinically supported/tested by Western medicine/pharmaceutical standards
nor endorsed by the manufacturer (who provides no dosage information
TESTIMONIAL (Dog Owner):
"Dear Suigetsu[sic] Shop,
It's with a very heavy heart, that we are letting you know that our very special Golden Retreiver, Saige, passed away this morning peacefully here at home with both of us by her side.
Saige was diagnosed with hemangiosarcomo October 24, 2009 by a highly regarded specialized vet hospital. There was a tumor on her heart that caused blood to collect between the heart and the pericardium. The blood was drawn off from the sack between her heart and the pericardium. Her life expectancy according to the vet at that time was 5 minutes to 3 months maximum. She was with us 4 months - and those 4 months were very good - normal activity, eating and all bodily functions performing perfectly normal. We are of firm belief that the capsules - Yunnan Baiyao - had a very positive affect on her condition. We're of strong conviction that Yunnan Baiyo's affect on controlling bleeding was a strong factor in her being with us as long as she was - especially with her being her happy - playful - loving self right up to early this morning.
Thank you so much for your excellent customer service - prompt shipments, care and concern - during this very trying time for us.
Bruce and Diane Fowler"
Suggested Dosages and How to Use
Dosages (human) according to the manufacturer:
Take 0.25 to 0.5 gram (1 to 2 capsules), 4x day. In general, do not take internally for more than three or four days.
Do not exceed 0.5 g, once every four hours.
In cases of bleeding, mix with water and drink.
In cases of swelling without bleeding, mix with wine.
Children age 2 to 5 years, 0.03 g each time.
Children over 5 years, 0.06 g each time.
PROHIBITED INTERNALLY DURING PREGNANCY.
Before surgery: Take 1 red pill and 2 capsules.
After surgery: Take 2 capsules 2x daily for several days. Do not take Yunnan Baiyao for more than 1-2 weeks. It can be weakening over a period of time. If necessary, combine with a tonic formula such as mushroom extracts or neutral ginsengs.
Apply directly to bleeding wound (clean first, and bandage afterwards).
In deep or wide wounds, squeeze cut together, pour powder on, and apply pressure or keep closed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until bleeding has stopped.
About the red pill: The manufacturer recommends that one take the single red pill (bao xian zi) be taken in cases of serious wounds or bleeding. This is used to prevent shock from blood loss. It does not stop bleeding. Use only one red pill per day. Ingredients are unknown. The red pill is very small and located in a tiny dimple in the center of the foil sheet of capsules (1 red pill per sheet of 16 capsules). In the bottle of powder, the red pill is encased in the wad of cotton found when you open the bottle.
Notes: Avoid consuming cold foods, like fish, broad beans, citrus (sour) and dairy. Yunnan Baiyao has a warming quality while these foods have a cooling quality. Cold foods require strong digestion as well. Therefore to achieve the best results when taking Yunnan Baiyao, they should not be combined together.Other hot consumables, like alcohol, chicken and goat meat are indicated as promoting the healing effects. If taking Yunnan Baiyao makes you dizzy or upsets your stomach, take it with warm soup. Take with a sip of wine to treat chronic gastritis.
(recommendation from this article YUNNAN BAIYAO-WHERE'S THE CLINICAL EVIDENCE? ©2006
Lynelle Graham, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVA University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences)
As with many herbal therapies, dose ranges of yunnan baiyao are poorly defined and widely variable. Dosing is often 'to effect' and may vary depending on the cause of the bleeding. The following dose recommendations have been gathered from a variety of sources, including VIN postings, the CAVM list discussions, textbooks and continuing education talks:
|Dog||open capsule and sprinkle on superficial wounds, bleeding tumors, etc.|
one (250 mg) capsule per 10 kg, once to twice a day
|one capsule per 5 kg daily, given as divided doses, if possible ¼ tsp per 5-7 kg, OR 60-75 mg/kg, at least once a day|
75-100 mg/kg daily, given as divided doses
|<15 kg = 1 capsule P.O. twice a day|
|15-30 kg = 2 capsules P.O. twice a day|
|>30 = 2 capsules P.O. three times a day|
|Cat|| open capsule and sprinkle on superficial wounds, bleeding tumors, etc. ½ -1 capsule P.O. twice a day, adjusting appropriately|
|Horse||open capsule and sprinkle on superficial wounds, bleeding tumors, etc.|
|1 bottle (4 gm) P.O. three times a day with water|
|2 bottles P.O. twice a day for six days, then 1 bottle twice a day for six days|
|Bird|| (400-1000gm) open capsule and sprinkle on superficial wounds, bleeding tumors, etc.|
|one (250 mg) capsule dissolved in water, given by oral gavage, once a day|
Yunnan Baiyao is gaining popularity as a herbal medicine to support EIPH in horses. This information on dosage for race horses is copied from www.racetowin.ca. This information has not been verified and is provided only for its informational content.
Suggested Use: The day before competition, give 1 full bottle of the Yunnan Baiyao powder, AM & PM, but save the red pills. On the morning of competition give 1 full bottle of the powder again saving the red pill. Then at the Lasix shot use the 4th bottle of Yunnan Baiyao powder. At this time give all the 4 red pills that you have saved to the horse.
Special Note: If the horse has bled thru everything that vets, herbs, vitamins, acupuncture can do, you may try 2 bottles at a time.
References | More Information
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|General Information and Blogs|
|A Path with Paws||Lena McCullough, DVM and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist maintains a comprehensive blog with a wealth of holistic information on cancer treatment and care. This blog is updated regularly.|
|Dog Cancer Blog||Hawaiian veterinarian Dr. Dressler writes this blog and offers a free booklet The Dog Cancer Diet on his website.|
|http://caninecancerawareness.org/||general Canine Cancer information|
|Yunnan Baiyao - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|
|Chinese Herbal Remedies: Yunnan Paiyao||posted by the State University of New York, Albany |
|Asian Health Secrets||Letha Hadady writes extensively aboutYunnan Baiyao in her blog, and also devotes an entire chapter to it in her book. Here is a summary she writes about the benefits of Yunnan Baiyao (Yunnan Paiyao).|
|Scientific Papers and Studies|
|The effect of herbal supplementation on the severity of exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage||TS Eppa1, P McDonougha1, DJ Padillaa1, JH Coxa2, DC Poolea1 and HH Ericksona1 c1|
a1 Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
a2 Department of Clinical Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
|Article||by Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS. Copyright, 2007.|
|Yunnan Baiyao-Where's the Clinical Evidence? ©2006||Lynelle Graham, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVA University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine|
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
|Yunnan Paiyao: Uses for injury and surgery; gastro-intestinal, respiratory, and urogenital disorders||Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon |
|The effect of Yunnan Baiyao on reduction of intra-operative bleeding of the patients undergoing transurethral resection of prostate||Li NC, Pan BN, Wang HJ, Li HZ, Wei Q, Wang XH, Cai SL, Gan WM, Na YQ. |
Institute of Urology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China.
|this website||There are a number of published medical papers at this website, (PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.) |
If you enter "Yunnan Baiyao" in the search bar you will find them. Below are links to two of them.
|Effects of Yunnan Baiyao on peri-operative bleeding of patients undergoing cervical open-door laminoplasty: a multi-center randomized double-blind placebo-control trial||OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Yunnan Baiyao on peri-operative bleeding of the patients undergoing cervical open-door laminoplasty.|
CONCLUSION: Yunnan Baiyao is effective and safe in reducing the amount of intra-operative bleeding of cervical open-door laminoplasty.
Effects of the preoperative administration of Yunnan Baiyao capsules on intraoperative blood loss in bimaxillary orthognathic surgery: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
About the Manufacturer and Ingredients
Currently, Yunnan Baiyao is only legitimately produced by Yunnan Baiyao Group Co., Ltd, one of the top state pharmaceutical companies in China. It was produced and exported to USA under the Camellia brand name before 1998. All the Yunnan Baiyao that possesses the product name Yunnan Paiyao under the Camellia brand in today's market are not genuine Yunnan Baiyao made by Yunnan Baiyao Group Co.
About the ingredients: The exact ingredients and production procedure of Yunnan Baiyao are still state secrets of China. The two primary herbs are raw and steamed tienchi ginseng. The raw form is cooling, the steamed form is warming. It is the combination of the ginseng along with other herbs, that make Yunnan Baiyao a balanced and powerful "drug" for pain and injury.
The ingredients listed on the package:
Tienchi ginseng root, ajuga forrestii diels plant, Chinese yam root, Dioscorea nipponica Makino root, Erodium stephanianum & Geranium wilfordii plant, Dioscoreae parviflora ting root, Inula cappa plant.
To the best of our knowledge, this formula does not contain ox bile. It is our opinion that the belief that this product contains ox bile came through confusion over the name of the listed ingredient, Innula Cappa (Bai Nui Dan) whose Chinese name translates to "White Ox Gallbladder". Please also see this article by Lena McCoullough, DVM, on the origin of the interest in ox bile and her belief that it will do no harm, whether it is included or not. Because the exact formula is still secret, no one can really know until the formula is made publicly available.
Available Forms and Ordering
|Powder|| Appropriate for topical application in traumatic bleeding and open wounds.||Each bottle contains 4g powder + 1 red pill. Available in single bottle or box of 6 bottles|
|Capsules||Taken internally for internal bleeding and post-surgical healing; also taken for some cases of menstrual cramping.||Packet of 16 capsules + 1 red pill. Available in single packet or bundle of 10 packets (160 capsules)|
|Bandage|| Individually wrapped bandages have a gauze pad impregnated with powder. Great for small cuts and surgical wounds.||Box of 50 latex bandages (1.5cm x 2.3cm)|
|Aerosol Spray|| Topical spray for external application to acute injury with swelling; also helpful for rheumatic arthritis pain.||3.5 oz (100ml) spray bottle|
|Aerosol Spray Twin Pack||For use in cases of more serious trauma, e.g. severe sprains, muscular strain, bruising.|
Yunnan Baiyao Aerosol 50g; Yunnan Baiyao Aerosol Baoxianye 60g
|Plasters|| For external application to hard to reach areas||Each box contains 5 plasters (4in x 2.5in each). Quantity discount available.|
This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We highly recommend that you consult with a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner or physician before taking any products or if you have any questions regarding your health.