Hou Po 厚朴 magnolia bark Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis [use caution if pregnant]

  • An anti-bloating herb that works by moving the qi and also drying dampness. Damp is all that gurgling that you hear when you’re bloated.

 

  • This herb moves the qi, but it also dries dampness. Damp is the outcome of inefficient digestion. It leads to gurgling, and nausea. When qi stagnation hits the chest, it causes frequent sighing, but when it hits the digestive organs, it causes nausea, bloating and gas. Hou Po Magnolia bark helps regulate the nervous system behind all these events.