Lily bulbs are the fleshy, underground buds that act as the food reserve for lilies, which are herbaceous, flowering plants that are found and cultivated in numerous countries around the world. The bulbs of these plants are often used in herbal remedies, most notably in traditional Chinese medicine where they’re called “bai he”. In this system of medicine, lily bulbs are said to have sweet and slightly cold properties, and are associated with the meridians of the heart and lungs. Lily bulbs continue to be used for all sorts of medicinal purposes even today.
The medicinal use of lily bulbs is associated with the lung and heart meridians in traditional Chinese medicine. They are used to relieve coughs, dry throats, and other respiratory conditions. Lily bulbs are also used to treat heart palpitations, low fever, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and insomnia.