Bo He (Field Mint, Mentha)

Bo He (Field Mint, Mentha)

Herb 1 of 12 in Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Cool Bo He (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis)
Channels:
LU, LIV
Properties:
Spicy, Aromatic, Cool
Latin:
Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
Chinese:
薄荷
Tone Marks:
bò he
Alt Names:
Su Bo He
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Dispels Wind-Heat, Clears the Eyes, Head, and Throat
    For common cold due to wind and heat with symptoms of fever, headache, cough, sore throat, and red eyes.
  • Vents Rashes
    For incomplete expression of rashes, especially useful for measles.
  • Disperses Liver Qi
    For constrained Liver Qi patterns with pressure in chest and flanks, gynecological problems, and unstable emotions.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Caution in cases of exterior deficiency, heat due to Yin Deficiency, and nursing mothers, as this herb may lead to insufficient lactation.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 1.5-6 grams. Add to the decoction in the last 5 minutes.
  • Part used: leaves or whole herb.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.

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