Frequently Asked Questions:
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 herbal formula 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.
Stops bleeding, dispels blood stasis, disperses swelling, clears heat, resolves toxins, relives pain.
Use internally for swelling, bruising or bleeding in acute trauma. Also useful in other bleeding disorders including postpartum hemorrhage, nosebleed, blood in urine or stool, bleeding ulcer, and menorrhagia. Can be used internally for infected wounds or for postpartum blood stasis. Also used for wind-damp bi syndromes (arthritis and rheumatism), and promoting circulation in the muscles. Also to reduce swelling in sore throat.
Apply topically as an emergency or first aid medicine to stop bleeding in traumatic wounds, and to prevent infection. This product is antibacterial as well as homeostatic. Cuts heal quickly with even a single application, and with a butterfly bandage it can help seal smaller wounds that might otherwise require stitches.
Yunnan Baiyao 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.
It is also used for traumatic swelling or bruising, or for other blood disorders including thrombocytopenic purpura and leukemia.
Unlike Western pain drugs, Yunnan Baiyao 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%.
Indications (Symptoms and Conditions)
|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:
- National Canine Cancer Foundation
- A Path with Paws: Integrative and holistic methods for treating cancer in dogs and cats Lena McCullough, DVM and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist maintains a comprehensive blog with a wealth of holistic information on cancer treatment and care.
“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[Modern Herb] 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, not for long term use.
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:
Yunnan Baiyao is gaining popularity as a herbal medicine to support
EIPH in horses. The following information on dosage for race horses was copied from www.racetowin.ca. It 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.
|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 1/4 tsp per 5-7 kg, OR 60-75 mg/kg, at least once a day75-100 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. 1/2 -1 capsule P.O. twice a day, adjusting appropriately|
|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|
|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|
There are no known side effects when Yunnan Baiyao is taken as recommended. Do not take while pregnant or nursing.
In general use, 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.
References | More Information
|Listed below are some links to information about Yunnan Baiyao/Paiyao on other websites.The Modern Herb Shop does not endorse, recommend, or support the veracity of any information on this site or those mentioned below, and merely seeks to educate the reader. If you have relevant information about Yunnan Baiyao that you feel is of interest to people reading this site, please send the link to support@TCMforHealth.com. Thank you!|
|Canine Cancer Links|
|A Path with Paws:Integrative and holistic methods for treating cancer in dogs and cats||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.|
|Georgia’s Legacy and
Georgia’s Legacy Blog
|Georgia’s Legacy’s mission is to raise awareness of canine cancer and provide information, resource referral and emotional support to anyone whose life has been touched by this devastating disease.|
|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|
|http://www.smilingblueskies.com/||provides a wealth of information, resources, and support for canine cancer|
|http://www.charlesloopsdvm.com/||Charles Loops is a homeopathic veterinarian who gives telephone consultations and specializes in treating cancer using the principles of homeopathic medicine.|
|Mushroom Lengthens Survival Time in Dogs With Cancer||Study conducted by two University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine faculty|
|More Information about Yunnan Baiyao|
|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|
|Yunnan Baiyao: Miracle Herb for Your Clinic||Jodie Gruenstern, DVM, CVA, CVFTIntegrative Veterinary Care Journal
From IVC Issue: V4I1
|Single Agent Polysaccharopeptide Delays Metastases and Improves Survival in Naturally Occurring Hemangiosarcoma||Dorothy Cimino Brown and Jennifer ReetzVeterinary Clinical Investigations Center, Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine and University of Pennsylvania, 3900 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010, Accepted 25 July 2012|
|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 c1a1 Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USAa2 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 MedicineDepartment 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.
tian qi (Radix Notoginseng) 40.0 %
san yu cao (Herba Ajuga Forrestii) 17.0%
shan yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) 13.3%
chuan shan long (Rhizoma Dioscoreae Nippon.) 11.5%
lao he cao (Herba Geranii) 7.2%
ku liang jiang (Rhizoma Dioscoreae Parviflora) 6.0%
bai niu dan (Herba Inulae Cappae) 5.0%
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.
Where do I Buy Yunnan Baiyao?
Currently, Yunnan Baiyao is not legally permitted to be imported into the United States. There are a couple of reasons. The FDA requires full disclosure of the formula on the packaging. Because the formula is a Chinese National Treasure and not disclosed, this is problematic! Another reason creating difficulty with sales is that the leaflet enclosed with the product makes many claims that would classify Yunnan Baiyao as a drug (i.e. stops bleeding, shrinks tumors, heals wounds, has an anti-inflammatory action, heals ulcers, etc. The package itself – that is the blue box commonly imported directly from China – additionally makes no statement about this being a “Dietary Supplement” and does not meet the standards required for labeling by the FDA. If it is to be classified as a drug, it must undergo all the rigorous testing required by the FDA. If it is to be classified as a “Dietary Supplement”, the labeling must change and the claims withdrawn.
A bit of past history:
For many years, Prince of Peace Corporation imported and redistributed Yunnan Baiyao formulas in a manner that satisfied the FDA’s requirements. For whatever reason, the ceased doing this some time around 2012-2013. There are still a few of these ‘blue’ boxes around, but they are coming up on their expiration date.
It is said that Solstice Medicine Corporation has begun the process of taking over the distribution, but it remains to be seen when they will actually have any. Calls to the company result in vague answers.
Due to high demand, the price of Yunnan Baiyao has sky-rocketed in the U.S. However, it is this author’s considered opinion that it can be obtained at a reasonable price and minimal risk by ordering a direct shipment from China. You certainly take a risk of your package being seized by customs, however that risk is small, given the millions of packages that flow through customs on a daily basis.