Chinese Herb: Huo Xiang (Patchouli, Agastache), Herba Agastaches Rugosus, Herba Pogostemonis

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Chinese Herb: Huo Xiang (Patchouli, Agastache), Herba Agastaches Rugosus, Herba Pogostemonis

Herb 6 of 8 in Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness

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

Chinese Herb 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

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

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb 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

Chinese Herb Notes

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

Chinese Herb Clinical Studies & Research

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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