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Bàn Xià Hòu Pò Tāng (Pinellia and Magnolia Bark Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Promote the Movement of Qi


  • Qi Stagnation with Phlegm, Plum-Pit Qi


  • Moves Qi and disperses nodules
  • Descends rebellious Qi.
  • Resolves phlegm.


  • Plum-Pit Qi - A subjective feeling that something is stuck in the throat, usually due to emotional upset
  • A fullness, oppression, or stifling sensation in the chest and hypochondria.
  • Cough with white sputum, nausea and vomiting.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Dusky or normal with a greasy or moist white tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry and slippery pulse

Western Uses:

  • Globus Hystericus
  • Hysteria
  • Gastro-intestinal Neurosis
  • Esophagospasm
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Tracheitis

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in Yin Deficient patients
  • Do not use with patients who have a bitter taste in the mouth, flushed face, and a red tongue with scanty coat.
  • This formula contains one or more toxic substances (while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity).

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin Gui Yao Lue)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Spleen, Large Intestine, Heart

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) 半夏
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin: Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) 厚朴
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LI, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Zi Su Ye (Perillae Folium)
Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf) 紫苏叶
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Spicy, Aromatic, Warm
Latin: Perillae Folium
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
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