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Huo Xiang (Patchouli, Agastache)

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Slightly Warm Huo Xiang (Herba Agastaches Rugosus, Herba Pogostemonis)
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Slightly Warm
Latin:
Herba Agastaches Rugosus, Herba Pogostemonis
Chinese:
藿香
Tone Marks:
huò xiāng

Actions

  • Dispels Damp, Relieves Summer-Damp and Releases the Exterior
    For fullness and distension in the abdomen and epigastrum, poor appetite, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and greasy tongue coat due to summer-dampness affecting the Spleen and Stomach.
  • Harmonizes the Middle Jiao, Awaken the Spleen, Relieves Nausea and Vomiting
    For nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness especially if due to turbid dampness in the middle jiao.
  • Treats Fungal Infections
    For dermatosis or fungal infections of the hands and feet.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases where there is Yin Deficiency with Fire Blazing.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted

Dosage

  • 5-10 grams in decoction, should be added at the end of boiling 12
  • 3-9 grams in decoction, double dosage of fresh herb, don’t overcook 13

Notes

  • Two herbs are commonly called Huo Xiang; Agastache and Pogostemonis. They share common functions and are interchangeable.

Clinical Studies and Research

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