Hou Po - Aromatics that Transform Damp
SP, ST, LI, LU (3-9g)


Hou Po - Ho Po, The Po Ho

When Hou Po left the swamps of Louisiana she shouted down the mountain side "Vegas, here I come!". She hitch-hiked for miles in the rain, and she was SO energetic that she would run in circles whenever she got food stagnation.

Once she got to Vegas, however, little Hou Po got pregnant (cc:pregnancy) and had many sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency).

English Name: magnolia bark
Pharmacuetical Name: cortex magnoliae officinalis
Properties: bitter, acrid, warm, aromatic

Explanation of Key Words in this story...
swamps; shouted down the mountain side Transforms phlegm; descends LU qi
rain; SO energetic; food stagnation dries damp; ran in circles; resolves stagnation


      Hou Po Actions and Indications
  • Dries Dampness; Promotes Qi movement; Resolves Stagnation (distress of SP and ST due to dampness and/or qi stagnation; damp-warm febrile diseases; food stagnation; distension and fullness of chest and abdomen; appetite loss; diarrhea)
  • Transforms Phlegm; Descends LU qi (wheezing due to phlegm obstructionwith cough; stifling chest sensation)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency)
    Special Notes:
  • Quite strong in its qi regulating function, some describe Hou Po as "breaking open the qi". When used improperly this herb can damage yuan qi - use with special caution in deficient patients with bloating.

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