Chinese: Ban Xia Hou Po Tang

English: Pinellia and Magnolia Bark Decoction

Source: Jinguiyaolue (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet)

Pulse: slippery, bowstring, slow

Tongue: white, moist, greasy fur

Abdomen: shinsuion

Indications: This herbal formula has been used for patients with following health conditions and symptoms:

  • Plum-pit qi (a feeling of something caught in the throat)
  • Dysphagia
  • Cough
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Dizziness
  • Heart burn
  • Belching
  • Vomiting

There are many other health conditions that may respond well to this herbal formula, in particular patients exhibiting indicative traditional diagnostic signs and symptoms.

Herbs in This Formula

Note: Suggested dosages of each herb in Kampo formulas are often smaller than those of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Individual dosages of herbs may be adjusted depending on each patient’s condition, constitutional patterns, quality of the herbs, and other factors involved.

Basic and Clinical Research on Hagekobokuto – Updated on Mar. 30, 2011

Iwasaki K, Kato S, Monma Y, et al. A pilot study of banxia houpu tang, a traditional Chinese medicine, for reducing pneumonia risk in older adults with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 55: 2035-40 (2007).

Kato S, Nakajima T, Matsuda T, et al. The effectiveness of the traditional Kampo medicine, ―banxia houpu tang (hangekobokuto)‖ to respiratory disturbance by esophageal reflux disease. Kampo to Saishin-Chiryo (Kampo & the Newest Therapy) 14: 333-8 (2005).

Iwasaki K, Cyong JC, Kitada S, et al. A traditional Chinese herbal medicine, banxia houp tang, improves cough reflex of patients with aspiration pneumonia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 50: 1751-2 (2002).

Iwasaki K, Wang Q, Nakagawa T, et al. The traditional Chinese medicine banxia houpo tang improves swallowing reflex. Phytomedicine 6: 103-6 (1999).

Ohkuma M. Treatment of alopecia by Chinese drug, Hange-koboku-to combined with liquid nitrogen application and PUVA – the second report- . Wakan Iyakugaku Zasshi (Journal of Traditional Medicines) 15: 422-3 (1998).