Hu Po - Amber

TCM Materia Medica

Hu Po TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "hu po" which in english is Hu Po herb"amber", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver and urinary bladder channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) 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: 0.9-3g

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

  • Arrest tremors, stop palpitations, calm the spirit - tremor, palpitation, anxiety, excessive dreams, insomnia, poor memory, convulsions, seizures.
  • Invigorate the blood, dissipate stasis - amenorrhea with pain, palpable masses, coronary heart disease.
  • Promote urination, invigorate the blood - xue lin.
  • Reduce swellings, promote healing - sores, carbuncles, ulcers, genital swelling and pain.

Hu Po may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), anxiety, convulsions, genital pain - swelling, heart disease, insomnia, memory problems, palpitations and/or ulcers

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, hu po is generally included in the following 3 formulas:

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As noted above, hu po is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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