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.

2 comments on “Fo Shou – Finger Citron – “Buddha Hand”

  1. Audia Ricker says:

    How do I purchase Buddha Hand supplements tablets or oils?

    Thank you

    • Peter Borten says:

      You can find it in raw form at places like Whole Foods sometimes, but it’s not a common herb to find in dried or prepared form, nor is it common to find almost any single Chinese herb that way since the foundation of the system is formulas that combine multiple herbs for better effectiveness. You may be able to find it dried at a Chinese market, but I think it’s doubtful. It is simply not a commonly used herb. But the other citrus herbs – chen pi (and ju hong, ju pi, ju he, qing ju ye), qing pi, zhi ke, zhi shi, ju pi, etc. – can substitute for anything you’d use fo shou for.

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