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Chinese Materia Medica(2)

1. Herbs for Relieving Exterior Syndromes (Pungent and Warm)

1) ephedra

2) cinnamon twig

3) schizonepeta

4) ledebouriella root

5) perilla leaf

6) fresh ginger

7) notopterygium root

8) dahurian angelica root

9) chinese lovage root

10) spring onion

11) magnolia flower

2. Herbs for Relieving Exterior Syndromes (Pungent and Cool)

(to be continued)


materia medica

Magnolia Flower


Botanical Name : Magnolia liliflora  
Parts Used : Flos  
Possible English Names : magnolia flower  
Japanese Name : shin-i  
Chinese Name : xin yi  
Property : neutral  
Taste : pungent  
Affinity : the channels of the LIS and stomach  
Effects : dispersing exopathic wind-cold to treat nasal congestion and headache  
# "Exterior syndrome" refers to the symptoms and signs along with the cold and flu, such as chills, fever, headache, etc.



Indications :      
Signs, Symptoms and Illnesses Pattern Analysis Combination Formula

(1) nasal congestion and headache

exterior syndrome due to exopathic wind-cold    
(2) stuffed nose, headache and purulent discharge due to paranasal sinusitis and chronic rhinitis    

* cold patterns

# 1


chinese wild ginger,

dahurian angelica root,

ledebouriella root

Shin-i -San

* heat patterns

# 2



baical skullcap,

cocklebur fruit



Note : "Combination" shows medicinal herbs usually or often used in combination with magnolia flower. "Formula" shows the one which contains the group of herbs on the left.

* Intranasal application of the essential oil may be effective for rhinitis and paranasal sinusitis.

# 1 Cold patterns are characterized by following "cold signs" : aversion to cold, pale complexion, desire for guiet, thirst with desire for warm fluids, etc.

# 2 Heat patterns are characterized by following "heat signs" : aversion to heat, red complexion, conjunctival congestion, thirst with desire for cold fluids, etc.




rhinitis, paranasal sinusitis, common cold, etc  
Dosage : 3 - 6 grams  
Administration :    

to be decocted with water

for oral administration

( # see below )

Magnolia flowers should be decocted with wrapped by gauze.



# Decoction
(1) Tools: sauce pan ( non-metal ), bamboo basket ( “Take-zaru” ), bowl ( non-metal ), gauze
(2) How to make :
1. Pour 4 glasses of cold tap water ( about 800ml ) into the pan.
2. Remove the medicinal herbs from the paper bag ( packaging ).
3. Add them to the water.
4. Boil and stir for about 30 min, until the total volume of the water has been reduced to half.
First heat with a full flame, then once it’s boiled, reduce the flame to simmer.
5. Place the bamboo basket with 2 sheets of gauze onto the bowl.
6. Pour the boiling water and medicinal herbs through the filter.
* Gauze is sold at pharmacies ( 5m,10m,20m ).
You should cut the gauze into a suitable sized square.
7. Divide soup into 2 cups equally.