Traditional Chinese Medicine/Bo He

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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NotesEdit

  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.