Magnolia Tree (Huo Po)
Botanical Name: Magnoliaceae. Western: M. acuminata and M. virginiana. Eastern: M. officinalis.
The bark and roots of the magnolia tree have a long tradition in Chinese Medicine for healing and calming upset stomachs, asthma, and vomiting. See Magnolia Flower for the functions of the flowers and buds.
Below is an overview of the magnolia tree, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of the magnolia tree.
Western Name: Magnolia Tree
Also Known As: Blue Magnolia, Swamp Sassafras, Cucumber Tree
Organs/Systems: Stomach, Lungs, Sinuses, Eyes, Intestines
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Mild diaphoretic, Tonic, Aromatic Stimulant, Gentle Laxative, Sudorific, Antimedic, Digestive, Tonic. Rheumatism, malaria, stress relieving, cortisol-lowering (cortisol can contribute to osteoporosis, diabetes, suppressed immune function and memory problems). Bark promotes gastrointestinal motility; seeds improve eyesight; relaxes muscles, gastric ulcers, intermittent fevers, reoccurring typhoid symptoms, weight loss, constipation, anxiety, stroke, asthma.
Pin Yin: Hou Po
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine, Lungs
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Aromatic Herb that Transforms Phlegm: Promotes Movement of Qi/Transforms Damp: food stagnation, chest or abdominal distention and fullness, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Warms and Transforms Phlegm/Redirecting Rebellious Qi Downwards: wheezing, due to phlegm with cough. The bark promotes gastrointestinal motility; the seeds improve eyesight and Tonify Qi. Asthma, bloating, vomiting, Diarrhea. Activate Qi to Resolve Stagnation, Dry Dampness.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Bark of Trunk, Branch and Root, Seed, Root and Flower (See Magnolia Flower for Flower and Bud functions)
Flavors/Temps: Bitter, Acrid, Warm
Caution: None noted.
History/Folklore: Used in Chinese Medicine since 100AD. Currently there are more than 200 Chinese patent drugs that are based on magnolia. Magnolias have been cultivated in Chinese Buddhist temple gardens since 600 AD. The latest research news from scientists in Illinois report that breath mints made with magnolia bark extract kill most oral bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay within 30 minutes of chewing the mints. The magnolia tree is a tree of life symbol; its branches and blossoms reach into the sky, their roots penetrating deep into the earth. It dwells between heaven, earth and the underworld, uniting the energies of the universe.
Bark is rich in biphenol compounds (magnolol and honokiol), Magnolia alkali, magnolol, iso-magnolol, eudesmol, magnocrarine.
No More Nicotine
The bark can be chewed as a substitute for tobacco, to cure the habit of smoking.
Symbol of Longevity
The magnolia tree is often shown with other symbols of longevity such as the pine tree.
Mississippi State Tree
In the U.S., it is both the state tree and flower for Mississippi.
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