Plum Flower Tremella
Bai Mu Er
Pinyin Name: Bai Mu Er
English Name: Tremella, White Wooden Ear
Properties: sweet, bland, neutral
Channels Entered: Lung, Stomach, Kidney
Yin tonic, beautify the skin, tonify kidney, stomach and lung yin, generate body fluids, heat in the five centers, dry non-productive cough and scanty blood streaked and difficult to expectorate sputum are some of the conditions satisfied clients have successfully used this formula for.
Primary Traditional Functions
Nourishes Stomach Yin, Moisten Lungs and Generates Body Fluids
- Yin deficiency with heat
- Five center heat
Nourishes Lung Yin and Moistens Dryness
- Lung yin deficiency
- Benefits consumptive dry cough that is non-productive or is accompanied by scanty, blood streaked and difficult to expectorate sputum
Used for Deficient Yin patterns with ascendant Yang, especially with such symptoms as emaciation and sensations of heat in the five centers. Tremella is a great Yin tonic. It is a staple in Chinese health food cooking. It is not only used to treat the problems associated with Yin deficiency and unruly fire, but is used to beautify the skin. It is without question one of the premier beauty herbs of Asia. It has a special affinity to the skin. When consumed regularly, the skin becomes soft, moist and pliant. Tremella is probably the most widely used internal beauty supplement used in China.
For typical Yin deficiency conditions, us with some of the following herbs: American Ginseng, Asparagus root, Lily bulb, Glehnia root, Prince Ginseng and Ophiopogon. Traditionally, Tremella is almost always combined with rock sugar (the natural yellow kind). The sugar activates the Yin tonic effects of the Tremella (and makes it taste very good).
To beautify the skin, the same Yin herbs can be used, and several other herbs may be added, such as: Pearl powder, Schizandra, Lycium, Longan, Dang Gui and White Peony.
Tremella is often taken by itself, by adding just enough sugar to make a sweet soup. It may be combined with other herbs. Combine with:
- American Ginseng and Asparagus root to tonify Kidney, Stomach and Lung yin
- Bulbus Lilii, Radix Glehniae and rock candy for sonsumption, coughing up blood, and lung absess
- To beautify the skin, the same Yin herbs can be used, and several other herbs may be added, such as: Pearl powder, Schizandra, Lycium, Longan, Dang Gui and White Peony.
Varieties and Grading
Tremella is a cultivated jelly fungus. The Tremella with more flavor is best, but you generally won't know that until you cook it. So usually, the most expensive is the best. The best Tremella may cost a dollar or two more per pound. Good Tremella is a pure creamy white color, with no discoloration. Be sure to by relatively fresh Tremella. Though it is dried like all herbs in the herb shops, it will appear clean and fresh. When Tremella becomes old, it crumbles which is a sign of nutritional degeneration and a sign that it has lost its own Yin.
There is also a Black Wooden Ear, but it is not as highly prized as the white variety. The White Wooden Ear is traditionally believed to be much more tonic. However, recent analysis has shown that the calcium content of the black variety is approximately equivalent and the black variety tends to be richer in protein and iron. Therefore, it is certainly worth using for tonic purposes.
Typical Usage of Concentrated Extract
1 to 2 grams per day or as directed by your health practitioner.
Cautions & Contraindications
Each bottle contains 100 grams.