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 Actions: Mild diaphoretic, Tonic, Aromatic Stimulant, Gentle Laxative, Sudorific, Antimedic, Digestive, Tonic
Medicinal Uses: 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 Actions: Promotes Movement of Qi, Transforms Damp, Warms and Transforms Phlegm, Redirects Rebellious Qi Downwards, Activates Qi to Resolve Stagnation, Dry Dampness
Medicinal Uses: Food stagnation, chest or abdominal distention and fullness, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, wheezing, due to phlegm with cough. The bark promotes gastrointestinal motility; the seeds improve eyesight and Tonify Qi. Asthma, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Bark of Trunk, Branch, Seed, Root, Flower (See Magnolia Flower for Flower and Bud functions.)
Flavors/Temps: Bitter, Acrid, Warm
Caution: Considered safe.
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 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.
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