Fritillaria is used for many types of cough , particularly chronic cough, cough associated with difficult expectoration & cough with blood-streaked sputum.
Chinese practitioners prescribe it to moisten dry mucous membranes & resolve phlegm. Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that fritillaria affects the heart & lung meridians, or energy pathways in the body & use it primarily to treat various lung conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis & coughs of any type.
It is thought to be most effective for coughs accompanied by reduced appetite & a stifling sensation in the chest & upper abdomen, symptoms that indicate suppressed qi, or vital energy.
Fritillaria's secondary use is as a lymphatic decongestant to reduce swellings, nodules, fibrocystic breasts, goiter & swollen lymph glands.
In China, it also is used for thyroid & lung cancer.
Fritillary is used for such diverse symptoms as acute fever, dribbling, phlegm accumulation, insufficient breast-milk & wounds.
Fritillaria's medicinal properties are considered bitter, sweet & mildly cold.
A paste of the bulb is applied to check bleeding from wounds & to treat pimples.
Bulbs of matured plant is collected during Jul-Aug.
They are dried in the sun & stored for later usage.
The unprocessed bulb of fritillaria is toxic.
Pregnant women should not use fritillaria unless under the advice of a practitioner trained in the use of the herb.
Fritillaria should never be given to children.
It is also contraindicated for patients with digestive weakness.
Don't combine fritillaria with aconite root wu tou or qin jiao.
Boiled & roasted roots are edible.
Remedy for cough: steam a sliced pear, in which fritillaria (chuanbeimu) powder & sugar fills the emptied core area.
The pear-fritillaria preparation is then eaten ,the juice that is formed during cooking is also consumed, one pear per day.
Chinese Medicated Diet: the pear is steamed with fritillaria, lily bulb & water chestnut.