Hou Po - Magnolia Bark

TCM Materia Medica

Hou Po TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "hou po" which in english is "magnolia bark", is categorized within the "aromatic herbs that transform dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, aromatic, bitter (ku) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Promotes movement of Qi, transforms dampness, resolves stagnation - dampness in spleen/stomach, food stagnation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention (*important herb for this).
  • Warms and transforms phlegm and directs rebellious lung Qi downward - wheezing, phlegm with coughing, stifling sensation in the chest.

Hou Po has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid During Pregnancy

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, hou po is generally included in the following 10 formulas:

  • Ban Xia Hou Po Wan (Pinellia & Magnolia Pills) - Plum pit qi (globus hystericus) and/or difficulty with swal…
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  • Bao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills) - Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul sm…
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  • Chu Kou Wei Wan (Chu Kou Wei Wan) - Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, th…
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  • Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan (Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi) - Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to col…
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  • Ma Zi Ren Wan (Hemp Seed Formula) - Constipation with dry/difficult to expel stools along wit…
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  • Ping Gan Liu Qi Yin Wan (Dang Gui And Pinellia Combination) - Liver qi stagnation with blood deficiency heat - signs of…
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  • Ping Wei Wan (Calm the Stomach Powder) - Damp cold stagnation in the middle jiao - poor appetite, in…
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  • Shu Gan Wan (Liver Comfort Pills) - Abdominal and/or Hypochondriac pain, cramps or spasms resul…
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  • Su Zi Jiang Qi Wan (Perilla Fruit Pill to Direct Qi Downward) - Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such …
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  • Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan (Aucklandia Amomi Nurture Stomach Pills) - Low appetite, apathy towards eating due to spleen qi defici…
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    As noted above, hou po is within the aromatic herbs that transform dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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