Magnoliae officinalis Cortex
Hou Po

Hou Po

Aromatic Herbs that Transform Dampness

Taste: bitter, acrid
Temperature: warm
Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Lung, Spleen, Stomach

Dosage: 3-9g

Cautions and Contraindications:

  • Use with caution during pregnancy

Actions and Indications:

  • Promotes the movement of qi in the middle burner and resolves stagnation: for qi stagnation affecting the Spleen and Stomach, and in cases of food stagnation, with such symptoms as chest and/or abdominal distension and fullness.  This is an important herb for reducing and eliminating distension and fullness and can be used whenever these symptoms occur due to qi stagnation.
  • Promotes the movement of qi downward, dries dampness, and transforms phlegm: for dampness or phlegm obstructing the middle burner affecting the qi dynamic.  Symptoms include distension, fullness, nausea, and diarrhea.  The tongue coating is usually turbid and greasy.
  • Directs qi downward, reduces phlegm, and calms wheezing: for cough and wheezing from phlegm clogging the Lungs.