Magnolia Bark ( 厚朴 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Magnoliae Officinalis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Hou Po

Common English Name

Magnolia Bark

Part of Plant Used





Bitter, acrid, aromatic

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach, Lungs, Large Intestine

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat abdominal bloating, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and indigestion (TCM: dampness and stagnation); also used in formulas to treat asthma and coughing, and to break up congestion caused by excessive phlegm that accompanies wheezing.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Moves Qi, transforms dampness and resolves stagnation; warms and transforms phlegm and directs rebellious Qi downward.

Common Formulas Used In

Agastache; Apricot Seed and Linumj Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Use cautiously during pregnancy. Do not use with Yin- or Qi-deficiency imbalances.

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