Hou Po (Magnolia Bark)

Hou Po (Magnolia Bark)

Herb 5 of 8 in Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness

Warm Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Bitter, Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Moves and Regulates Qi, Resolves Stagnation
    Abdominal, epigastric, and/or chest fullness, bloating, loss of appetite, poor digestion, constipation, and a plum pit throat sensation.
  • Warms and Dries Damp
    For nausea, vomiting, distension, fullness in the abdomen and epigastrum, decreased appetite, diarrhea, and a turbid, greasy tongue coat.
  • Descends Qi, Calms Wheezing, Dissolves Phlegm
    For cough, wheezing and dyspnea with chest congestion and excess phlegm.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use with caution during pregnancy
  • Use with caution in cases of Qi Deficiency

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Hou Po contains magnolol, a mild anticoagulant. Caution should be used in patients taking antiplatelets or anticoagulants including; aspirin, dipyridamole, clopidogrel(plavix), heparin, warfarin, and enoxaparin(Lovenox).

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-10 grams in decoction 12
  • 3-9 grams in decoction 13

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Hou Po is noted both traditionally and in modern research as having different effects depending on the dosage size.
  • Hou Po stands out in its ability to treat fullness and accumulation in the form of constipation when compared to Cang Zhu.

Chinese Herb Clinical Studies & Research

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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