Theory

Ban Xia Hou Po Wan Pinellia & Magnolia Pills - TCM Herbal Formula


Ban Xia Hou Po Wan Names

  • English Name: Pinellia & Magnolia Pills
  • Pinyin Name: Ban Xia Hou Po Wan
  • Chinese Character: 半夏厚朴丸

Functional Groupings



Ban Xia Hou Po Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Plum pit qi (globus hystericus) and/or difficulty with swallowing from liver qi stagnation.
  • Coughing, hiccups, nausea and possible vomitting from rebellious qi and phlegm.


Ban Xia Hou Po Wan Cautions

    Contraindication Notes:

    Use with caution in yin deficiency or with patients with signs of liver yang rising



Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications


Clinician Notes

For liver qi stagnation that causes reversal of the downward flow of qi.  In TCM if the liver qi is stagnant, it may disrupt the normal downward flow of qi from the stomach to the spleen.  This may cause the sensation of plum pit qi which is the sensation that something is stuck in the throat.  If the downward flow of qi is blocked it can cause damp and phlegm to accumulation in the stomach which could manifest as vomiting and nausea.


Ban Xia Hou Po Wan Has 5 Ingredients

Ban Xia

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  • Pinellia Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen.
    • Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness in the stomach.
    • Dissipates nodules, reduces distension - phlegm in chest or neck or anywhere in the body, focal distention in the chest.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions

Fu Ling

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  • Poria, China Root
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat.
    • Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Quiets the heart and calms the spirit - palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid Vinegar While Using This Herb.

Hou Po

  • Magnolia Bark
    • Promotes movement of Qi, transforms dampness, resolves stagnation - dampness in spleen/stomach, food stagnation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention (*important herb for this).
    • Warms and transforms phlegm and directs rebellious lung Qi downward - wheezing, phlegm with coughing, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Sheng Jiang

  • Fresh Ginger Rhizome
    • Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi
    • Warms the middle jiao - stomach cold/vomiting
    • Alleviates coughing, warms lung
    • Reduces toxicity of other herbs
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid w/heat in LU or ST
    • Use cautiously in patients with hypertension

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