Finger Citron ( 佛手 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Fructus Citri Sarcodactylis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Fo Shou

Common English Name

Finger Citron Fruit

Part of Plant Used



Slightly warm


Acrid, sour, bitter

Meridians Entered

Liver, Stomach, Spleen, Lungs

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of vomiting, belching, poor appetite, or rib pain (TCM: stagnant Liver, Stomach, and Spleen Qi); also used to strengthen digestive function and metabolism, and reduce phlegm in lungs and digestive system (TCM: poor circulation of Lung Qi; stagnation).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Moves Qi and alleviates pain; harmonizes Stomach and strengthens Spleen; regulates circulation of Lung Qi and disperses phlegm.

Common Formulas Used In

Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Use cautiously where there is no stagnant Qi, or if there is deficient Yin with excess heat signs.

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