Traditional Chinese Medicine/Bo He

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Name Means: Bo He - mint

(Chinese name: 薄荷)

English Name:

  • mint

Latin Name:

  • Herba Menthae[1]

Taste & Temperature:

Channels:

  • Hand Tai Yin of Lung
  • Foot Jue Yin of Liver

Actions & Indications:

  • disperse Wind-Heat (Spicy & Cool)
  • benefit throat, release rashes
  • calms Stomach
  • clear head & eyes
  • soothes Liver Qi, irritability

Contraindication:

  • Qi & Yin deficiency causing excessive sweating
  • deficiency exterior patterns
  • Yin deficiency with Heat
  • not for nursing mom, may lead to insufficient lactation

Caution:

  • Yin syndrome
  • Blood deficiency
  • chronic skin infection

Dosage:

  • 1-2 qian (1.5-6 grams)

Cooking:

  • To be added in the last five minutes when brewing a herbal concoction or formula, as the active ingredients of peppermint or spearmint will be reduced otherwise.

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Notes[edit]

  1. Cheryl Lans, Nancy Turner, Tonya Khan, Gerhard Brauer. "Ethnoveterinary medicines used to treat endoparasites and stomach problems in pigs and pets in British Columbia, Canada", Veterinary Parasitology, Volume 148, Issues 3-4, 30 September 2007, Pages 325-340.