Pinyin: bo he

English Name: Chinese mint

Latin Name: Herba Menthae

Pinyin: bo he

Properties: acrid, cool
Channels Entered: Lung, Liver

CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Releases the Exterior and Dispels Wir时 -Heat

2. Clears the Head, Brightens the Eyes and Benefits the Throat

3. V ents Rashes

4. Soothes and Relieves Liver Oi Stagnation

5. Disperses Turbid Oi from the Abdomen

DOSAGE

2 to 10 grams in decoction.

CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Aromatic and acrid, Bo He has a dispersing nature and may consume qi and yin. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients with yin deficiency, yin-deficient heat, xiao ke (wasting and thirsting) syndrome, perspiration from qi deficiency, Liver yang excess, and those patients who are recovering from chronic illnesses or have deficiency symptoms.

• Chronic, repetitive use may lead to depletion of qi and yang reserves.