Fo Shou - Invigorate QI
LV, SP, ST, LU (3-9g)


Fo Shou man - let order pizza!

"Fo sho" - yummy pizza spread LV qi and harmonize ST and regulate middle jiao, but too much cheese can cause phlegm and damp.

But eating pizza too late can cause sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency with heat)

English Name: citrus sarcodactylus, finger citron
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Citri Sarcodactylis
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
phlegm and damp dries damp; tranforms phlegm
spread LV qi spreads LV qi and regulates qi
harmonize and regulate MJ harmonizes ST and regulates the middle


       Fo Shou Actions and Indications
  • Spreads LV qi and regulates qi (rib or flank pain, distension, and belching due to LV qi stagnation / emotional distress)
  • Harmonizes ST; regulates the middle ( fullness and distension, lack of appetite, belching and/or vomiting, SP and ST qi stagnation with epigastric pain)
  • Drains damp; transforms phlegm (especially for unrelenting coughs with chest pain; acute or chronic cough with copious phlegm)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Fo shou hua - similar but milder properties; directs LU qi downward
    Special Notes:
  • Great for mild qi stagnation by itself, but for severe Qi stagnatio Fo Shou should be combined with other herbs like Chuan Lian Zi, Zhi Shi, or Qing Pi.

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