Fo Shou (Finger Citron Fruit)

Fo Shou (Finger Citron Fruit)

Herb 5 of 19 in Herbs that Regulate the Qi

Slightly Warm Fo Shou (Fructus Citri Sacrodactylis)
Spicy, Bitter, Slightly Warm
Fructus Citri Sacrodactylis
Tone Marks:
fó shŏu
Buddha Hand
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Spreads and Regulates Liver Qi
    Excellent for symptoms of Liver Qi stagnation but only mildly relieves pain. Symptoms include hypochondriac and abdominal distension, stifling sensation in the chest, belching, hiccups and vomiting.
  • Harmonizes the Middle Jiao, Strengthens the Spleen
    Used for epigastric pain, fullness and distention, lack of appetite, belching and vomiting
  • Transforms Phlegm and Stops Cough
    For unrelenting chronic cough with copious phlegm and chest pain. It mildly resolves phlegm and is not used for early stages of externally contracted coughs.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use with caution in Yin Deficiency with Fire Patients.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)
  • 3-10 grams in decoction (Chen)

References Used

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