Bo He - Release Exterior: Wind Heat
LU, LV - (3-6g)


Bo He-Little Boy Heat
Little Boy Heat had a Wind-Heat invasion with sore throat and a rash. When his caretaker poured turbid damp water on his head little boy heat started screaming to Spread LV qi and help it flow freely.

Little boy heat loved peppermint because it cleared his head and eyes, but over-consumption caused some (cc: exterior deficiency) and sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency with heat)

English Name: mint, wild mint
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Menthae
Properties: acrid, cool

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
Wind-Heat invasion with sore throat Disperses wind-heat; clears head and eyes; benefits throat
rash vents rashes
turbid damp transform damp turbidity
Spread LV qi and help it flow freely Spreads LV Qi and helps it flow freely


      Bo He Actions and Indications
  • Disperses wind-heat; benefits throat (clears head and eyes; wind-heat induced general aching, fever, headache, cough, sore throat)
  • Vents Rashes (early stage of measles; wind rashes)
  • Spreads LV Qi and helps it flow freely (pressure in flanks, chest; emotional instability; gynecological problems)
  • Transform Damp Turbidity (nausea, epigastric distension, diarrhea)
  • (cc: exterior deficiency or yin deficiency with heat)
  • (cooking: add to decoction at last 5 minutes)
    Special Notes:
  • Because Bo He has a dispersing function it should be used with caution in patients with xiao ke (wasting and thirsting), perspiration from qi deficiency, LV yang excess, and patients with chronic deficiency syndromes.
  • Acute Mastitis: Decoction of Bo He solution 60g of (Bo He + Jie Geng) with the herb residue filtered out and applied topically was found effective to treat Acute Mastitis.

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