Bai Feng Wan: a woman’s pill from a black chicken

Let me introduce you to Bai Feng Wan (白凤丸), a medicine used by some practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to replenish blood and treat gynecological problems. It is said to be particularly great for those with pre-menstrual syndrome or menstrual problems as well as those with anemia or other types of blood disorder.

Old formula was horrible to taste
Thanks to my mom who forced me to take this on a monthly basis since I was around 13 years old, I had very little menstrual issues until I stop taking it in my 30s. The reason I stopped taking this was because many years ago, this pill was horrible to ingest as the old formula was just one whole lump of a black-brown ball that tasted both bitter and sweet.

Newer formula is more palatable
It sometimes took me a good hour to finishing gnawing at the stuff and all the time, my mom had to keep a watch over me just to ensure I didn’t spit out the content. Today, the big lump is made into smaller pills that are much more palatable. So the women today are much more fortunate!

Main ingredient is the black chicken
The name you see on the first picture literally means black chicken (Wuji), white phoenix (Bai Feng) pills because the main ingredient of this pill comes from a particular chicken with pure white feather but has black colored bones, meat, and skin. You see the image of the chicken on the box too and most Chinese would be quite familiar with this black chicken because it is often used in the brew of herbal soups.

Help maintains health and youth
There are many brands of Bai Feng Wan in the market today but all of them are supposed to help adjust estrogen levels, lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. Regular consumption of this pill is said to relieve menstrual cramps, prevents the symptoms of menopause and PMS, corrects hormone imbalance and acts as a general tonic for the female reproductive system. Apparently, it is also good to treat dry cough as well as dry skin and consuming it regularly will help one maintain better health and youth. I even understand that there are new versions incorporating collagen within the formula.

I’m not sure if many ladies today still take this stuff but seeing that they’re still sold in the medical halls, I suppose there must be a group of them who consumes this regularly. Are you one of them?


  1. Soos says:

    Hmmm. Do you take this? And can you list the ingredients? While I can decipher some of them, others look… questionable

  2. Emily Chia says:

    I rather drink herbal soup. My mum cooks them. ?

  3. fwy says:

    I remember taking the ones from Eu Yan Sang 4 years ago but had since stopped. I don’t like the taste although they come in smaller pills & thus more convenient to swallow.

  4. Gem says:

    This brand is okay. I myself have tried it… it was recommended by my therapist. She studied chinese medicine & she is very health-conscious too. she won’t consume anything that is harmful. she will always check the ingredients thoroughly.

  5. jozefin says:

    I remember mum used to tell me to take these every month after my period. I think they do help to prevent abdominal cramps as I never had them until I stopped taking them 3 years ago when I entered uni.

  6. espenine says:

    Yup, I am a regular eater. Taking the brand Ren Xin Tang from HK, its Bai Feng wan with Bird’s Nest. I find that it helps to clear the menstrual blood more thoroughly & lasts shorter days.

  7. xin says:

    i have them at home…but they tend to break me out -_- so i am not sure if i should continue for the sake of general health or to stop for the sake of my skin

  8. sesame says:

    You have other choices to upkeep your health so if this doesn’t work for you, best to stop taking it than having to agonize over the breakouts it’s causing.

  9. sesame says:

    Have seen that brand around but am not aware it comes with bird’s nest. Sounds like premium stuff.

  10. sesame says:

    They are pretty helpful…in a way I thank my mom for forcing me to take them over those years.

  11. sesame says:

    I see…I got it from Hock Hua. I suppose the stuff sold in their outlets should be safe and that’s why I purchased it. Definitely glad to know it’s approved.

  12. sesame says:

    The smaller pills are indeed way easier to swallow but yes, there is that medicinal taste that most pple do not like.

  13. sesame says:

    Definitely…herbal soups also taste better. This is a herbal soup in a pill but it’s not so great tasting though.

  14. sesame says:

    The ingredients are on the box…they are Chinese herbs and I recognize some of them, which I take quite regularly.

  15. Carol says:

    Do you know where I can get this in the US?

  16. Destiny says:

    I haven’t tried this formula but I’m a fan of xiao yao wan (rambling at ease). Its also prescribed for menstrual disorders, menopause, cleansing the liver. It comes in tiny black balls, very convenient and no taste.

  17. sesame says:

    I believe you can find it in Chinatown? Cos they must have medical halls there.

  18. sesame says:

    Interesting! Never come across that one…I googled and found it’s also something to help release stress and depression and that’s probably why the name is such. I’ll go take a look at the local medicinal hall.

  19. Alexandra says:

    I used to take this regularly. Though there are lots of brands in the market, I am still afraid of picking up ‘artificial’ ones. So the only brand that I can trust is from Eu Yan Sang .

  20. Destiny says:

    Carol, amazon has the brand Sesame is showing us. $13.99

  21. zhenling says:

    i take those from eu yan sang. treated by menstrual cramps. i dont like the taste but i still take it as it seems to give me an extra boost of energy as well

  22. sesame says:

    Yup, I think they do keep us healthier and stronger.

  23. sesame says:

    Agree…such medication can be faked…in fact, I think there were recalls for some brands. Well, if not for the fact that my mom made me take this when I was younger, I doubt I’ll dare to try them now. I’m not too familiar with brands but I buy my stuff from Hock Hua and they’re a big chain here that is pretty reliable.

  24. Lilaa says:

    Same story here. I had period problems at young age too and my mom forced me to take this stuff. I couldn’t stand the taste at all, so I’d make little crumbles out the stuff and swallow them, which was a BAD idea because I once nearly choked on them….After my “trauma” with this stuff, I never took it again.

    But maybe I should because I’m 20, but still have period irregularities and bad cramps. :/

  25. sesame says:

    You might want to give it a try since you have experienced taking them. They’re not too bad now cos the pills are way smaller.

  26. eve says:

    I started bai feng wan (from hock hua tonic, $40/6 boxes) slight over a year ago mainly to regulate period.

    Wouldnt say it’s a miracle pill (tcm stuff requires patience), but yes, more regular periods, no cramps at all, fewer flashes and erm, ‘better’ flow. My monthly must have!

  27. sesame says:

    It definitely helps with regular intake…but not anybody enjoy them though.

  28. Na says:

    My mom recently suggested that I start taking them. I’m worried if it would give me acne. Any idea?

  29. sesame says:

    I can’t guarantee that…maybe it’ll be good for us to ask the medical hall for advice.

  30. me says:

    i have this, but i dont know how to take it.
    do you eat all 50 small pills in one ball at the same time?
    how to take this stuff? thanks!

  31. sesame says:

    You swallow it like you would with pills. You don’t have to swallow all at once…swallow them in batches.

  32. me says:

    50pcs of pills in one day? thanks!

  33. sesame says:

    You’re supposed to take it about the same time…when I mean different batches I mean you swallow them bit by bit.

  34. Michelle T says:

    I have just started taking this at the age of 44.
    OMG the changes to my overall health is amazing.
    I have five daughters, two that are at the age that they should be taking this. I will be making sure they do.
    It is easy to swallow and I can’t taste it when I swallow quickly.
    Good luck to all ?

  35. sesame says:

    These are good for girls to start taking from their teens.

  36. Pat says:

    My friend just suggested that I took this too since my periods are irregular. From my understanding you’re supposed to take this after your period stops. How many days are you supposed to take it then? The box comes in with 10 balls. If you’re supposed to take it twice a day, 5 days then? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

  37. sesame says:

    When I was consuming this regularly, I took it a few days after my menses. Usually, there are instructions on the box. This one says take one ball, once every 2 days.

  38. jo says:

    do you finish 10 balls in a month? how much is this brand? cheers

  39. WQ says:

    can we still find the baifeng wan that looks like the picture you posted? thanks

  40. Sesame says:

    Yes, if you’re in Singapore, you can find this at Hock Hua.

  41. Sesame says:

    I’m not sure of the price for a box of 10 but I have this one with 3 balls and it cost around $9. You’re advised to take one every other day but I didn’t really take that regularly.

  42. Wq says:

    Hi sesame, I just went to hock hua in united sq and can’t find that. Which outlet do you go to?

  43. T T says:

    Yes, I just taken these all small balls….. I am the first time user because three of my friends strongly suggested me for my serious menstrual cramps. The Name on the orange colour box is “Pai Fong Wan(pill) and sole agent is Hua Tai Trading Company Pte Ltd 105 sims ave #07-13 chancerlodge complex, singapore 387429. The selling price for each i saw on the box is $6.50 and my friend bought for me to persuade to take. See how the result come out?

  44. mariam says:

    please help me … I need to know about this properly …. yesterday I bought this product Bai Feng Wan for my period… and i ate the entire little ball with little pill … each ball as 6grams …
    I am confused… did i do something wrong…or do i take the small black pill not all together… do i have to take it one by one the smaller pills

  45. Sesame says:

    You should only be eating the pills inside…if that is so, you didn’t do anything wrong. Check the instructions.

  46. Jac says:

    Hi Sesame! Thank you so much for sharing! After reading this blog, I wanna start baifenwan as well. Where can i buy reliable brand in Hong Kong or online?

  47. Sesame says:

    I’m not sure where you can get in HK but I image the reputable medicine halls sell them?

  48. kelly says:

    i knew direction that 2 times daily but i want to know how many container i must use every month? do u know? can u tell me ? thanks #k8SjZc9Dxk#k8SjZc9Dxk

  49. Sesame says:

    Personally, I think once or twice a month is quite sufficient but why don’t you check with the people at the medical hall?

  50. Lim says:

    May I know the brand of bai feng wan, is that call wu ji?

  51. GDub says:

    I just started these today. I freaked out after swallowing all of the little balls and then read on the box to “take 1 twice a day”. I thought I was supposed to take just one little pill twice a day. My accupuncturist is in Dallas, TX. I called and gave her a good laugh after thinking I had overdosed. “all of the pills in 1 ball 2 times a day”.

    She also put me on ZhiXueBao and Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan due to fibroids, HEAVY bleeding and flow issues. That along with a tea that looks a lot like tree bark – I’ve no idea which tree.

    If you’re in the US (Texas) and are looking for someone who is truly remarkable, do a search for Dr Ping Ping.

  52. Sesame says:

    Haha…that’s funny but am glad you got the misunderstanding sort out. I can understand why you thought you misread.

  53. Vera says:

    My Acupuncturist suggested I try the White Phoenix pills but not easy to find them in Europe. Do you know any respectable chinese companies that deliver internationally?
    Many thanks!

  54. Sesame says:

    I haven’t come across one that ships internationally.

  55. bella says:

    is bai feng wan safe to use for pregnant woman?

  56. Sesame says:

    Not sure…best not to take.

  57. naslis says:

    I purchase these for fertility can the be taken during a cycle & if so for how many days?

  58. Dp says:

    I bought them at, delivered to Europe in about a week

  59. Dp says:

    My therapist says you Should take it during pregnancy for a healthy and strong baby. I actually just started taking it now I’m pregnant..

  60. Emily says:

    Hi! I’m glad I came across this blog. Someone gave me this pill to help with fertility, with the instruction that I should cook the medicine with a whole chicken. Any input on this method of taking the med?

  61. Blyth says:

    Please help me to find the answer

  62. Alma says:

    Hi, can anyone help me. I have two bigs Myomas… Can the pai feng help me? Im desperate! .

  63. ngoc van says:

    I want to have baby .if I take these pill. Is it affect to baby?

  64. Sesame says:

    I took it for years and many women I know do without issues. But every woman is different so best to check with your doctor. If you’re pregnant, you should stop taking just to be safe.

  65. yvonnechua says:

    I’m having hypertension, can I eat wuji baifeng wan?

  66. AiLynW says:

    Thanks Sesame for the succint write up! You have indeed assured me of the consumption of this pill. I will start taking them today.
    Personally I think I might have taken them when I reached menarche. But I don’t recall ever continuing them. I am currently in my 30s and am trying (in vain) to conceive. I have no known gyneacological problem except for PMS symptoms and cramps on day 1+/- 2. My mother and some well meaning friends advised me to take the pills. I was skeptical but I did my research and I am going to try. I hope I get positive result soon ?
    Thank you ladies who have write in and share your thoughts. They are inspiring and assuring!
    Will update ?

  67. Sesame says:

    I have no idea if this is good for conception but for general well-being, it’s good. But the thing is, do check the sources you purchase with all the recent issues of China-made products. I took them years ago and these scares were not heard of then.

  68. Salric says:


    I’m still confused after reading all of this. My mother in law told me to take it during my period and switch to something else after my period. However, she told me to take only 12 pills per day and not the whole capsule of pills. I’m so confused? Can someone please clarify?

    Am I take the whole capsule twice a day or just 12 pills a day?
    Salric last post is: Beauty Lunchbox Ideas: Make A Delish Lettuce Wrap

  69. Sesame says:

    You might want to check with the medical hall for a better idea. When I was taking it, I would take half the dosage before my period, and finish the rest after my period.

  70. HM says:

    Hi, just wondering did you experience any side effects while taking the bai feng wan pills? I just started a week ago, have taken 2 bottles, and I have some rashes on my neck and abdomen, am not sure is it due to the pills. ?

  71. Sesame says:

    No, did not experience any side effects. If your rashes persist, you might want to stop taking the pills.

  72. vickybabe says:

    -hi is this safe for pregnant women?somebody telling me that it can cure beri beri for pregnant

  73. randomness says:

    I guess this really helps in easing menstrual problems, particularly PMS. I had stop taking for a year and i have noticed that PMS symptoms are troubling me ever since i stopped ! Thanks for sharing!

  74. Jill says:

    Hi Sesame,

    I do have myomas and polyps. I am scheduled for a DNC next month. Can this pills help? Please reply.
    Thanks alot!

  75. Sesame says:

    I have no idea…I would not count on it though.

  76. Alam says:

    I have a brand new box of Baifeng Wan. I am in Canada if anyone is interested please let me know. Thanks.

  77. Brita says:

    Hi. I started taking this yeasterday. My chinese acupuncturist recomended this to me. I will continue to take them even if I do find the content a bit weird to me since I am from and living in Scandinavia, Norway to be exact. The herbs seem fine but chicken bone, gelatine from a Donkey and so on are foreign to me. Can you please explain a bit regarding the content and its ingredients. Does it really work? I have problems getting pregnant (5 years trying) thats why I take it. Thanks you. Best wishes.

  78. Helen says:

    Where I can buy this product here in Philippines?

  79. Sesame says:

    Any Chinese pharmacy there?

  80. Merel says:

    I will take these pills from today on. My accupuncturist prescriped them.
    We are going to start our second IVF soon. I will take 8 small pills after breakfast and 8 after diner (instead of 3 times a day).

    (Merel / The Netherlands)

  81. elle says:

    I just bought one box, I will like to know how I am suppose to take it, It is to be chewed or to be swallowed?

  82. Gabiana says:

    Somebody tells me to take that while im pregnant !!! Is it safe ? Coz I dont know if its a fake or not ?

  83. Na says:

    Am so happy about that because I was so scared is unsafe in pregnancy.Am a lover to this

  84. Judith says:

    please I need the pills. how can I get it in Lagos, Nigeria?

  85. Alicia says:

    I have a couple of these i got from a moving sale and I’m trying to figure out how to use them, do I boil them in soup or chew them?

  86. Earlene says:

    How often do you take these pills? The box I bought has 6 wax balls in them. Should I eat a box/month, or everyday?

  87. Carolina says:

    Hi! Where did you bought it? I need this! Please

  88. Wendy says:

    I actually loved the taste of the one big, squishy black ball!

  89. liwanag o rodil says:

    You take it with water, after meal. two times a day.

  90. Michele says:

    my daughter was diagnosed with PCOS, someone recommended this. Does it really help to get her period back and regulate it? Do you know the does, the friend said to take it twice a day?

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