Fo Shou – Finger Citron – “Buddha Hand”

Nature: acrid, bitter, warm

Enters: Liver, Stomach, Spleen, Lung

Actions: Frees the flow of liver Qi; regulates Qi; adjusts the middle Jiao; resolves phlegm; mildly dries dampness; harmonizes the stomach, strengthens the spleen.

• Liver Qi stagnation: costal, hypochondriac, or flank pain, distention in the chest, belching.
• Spleen/stomach Qi stagnation: distention and fullness in the epigastrium and abdomen, epigastric pain, poor appetite, belching, nausea, vomiting.
• Lung phlegm: cough with copious sputum. Especially useful for unrelenting coughs with chest pain. Because its phlegm-resolving function is mild, it is not used in treating the early stages of externally-contracted coughs.
• This herb is strong at moving Qi, but weak at alleviating pain.

Dose: 3-9g

Fo Shou Hua: the flower
• Similar properties to the fruit, but milder.
• More effective than the fruit at directing Qi downward.
• Often used for cough and wheezing due to rebellious Lung Qi.

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