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Magnolia and pinelliae formula

Generic Name: Banxia Houpo Tang


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Banxia houpo tang, chi, ginger, hange koboku to, herbal therapy, hoelen, Kampo, magnolia cortex, perilla, pinelliae, poria, TCM, TJ 16, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, qi, zingiberis rhizoma.

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Magnolia and pinelliae formula, a fixed ratio mixture, has two other commonly used names: banxia houpo tang (traditional Chinese medicine) and hange koboku-to (Japanese Kampo). Magnolia and pinelliae formula consists of five crude herbs: pinellia tuber, poria, magnolia bark, perilla, and ginger. This formula is generally used to promote the flow of chi (also spelled qi). According to Chinese medical philosophy, chi circulates through the body and enlivens it. Health is a function of a balanced, harmonious flow of chi and illness results when there is a blockage or an imbalance in the flow of chi.

The banxia houpu decoction was prescribed 1,000 years ago by a famous Chinese folk doctor Zhong-jing Zhang and is currently being used in China to treat depression.

Japanese experts claim that hange koboku-to will also relieve fatigue, boost immunity, and help relieve the symptoms of chemotherapy. Currently, this herbal formula is being used in research to treat patients who are resistant to conventional forms of antibiotics.


A study published in Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin found that magnolia and pinelliae formula locally affects levels of neuropeptides and substance P in the blood. It has been suggested that magnolia and pinelliae formula (hange koboku-to) affects neuropeptides, as well as levels of 5-HTP; which are related to feelings of physical pain and mood. Case studies have reported that hange koboku-to relieves patients of panic attacks. Many studies have also reported altered production and/or levels of noradrenaline, dopamine, cortisol, adrenocorticotropic hormones, and other chemicals.

Magnolia and pinelliae formula (banxia houpu tang) has been used to treat hoarse voice, foreign body sensations in the throat and/or esophagus as well as swallowing disorders in Parkinson's disease and other conditions.

As for the empirical effects, some patients without organic pathological changes in the trachea and esophagus showed remarkable improvement using magnolia and pinelliae formula. The pharmacological effects may be based on the inhibition of laryngeal reflex, improvement in swallowing reflex disorders and moderating of anxiety and nervous tension.

This formula is commonly used in Japan to treat depression and anxiety disorders, and. has been also used to treat mild and manic-depressive disorders for centuries. There has been increasing interest in its therapeutic application in depression. However, the mechanisms behind behavioral changes are still poorly understood. It is occasionally used to treat problems in the peripheral nervous system.

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