Pinyin name: Bian Dou Yi
Source: Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing
English name: Coat of Hyacinth Bean, Dolichos Seed
Botanical name: Dolichos lablab L. (Leguminosae)
Pharmaceutical name: Testa Dolichoris
Properties: Sweet, bitter, warm
Channels entered: spleen and large intestine
Chinese therapeutic actions: Invigorate spleen and eliminate dampness.
This herb is available by the pound in either raw or powdered form.