Bo He

Bo He in TCM:

English Name: mint, wild mint
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Menthae
Properties: acrid, cool
Explore the properties of Bo He according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cool
Channels: LU, LV
Flavors: aromatic
Regulates: circulates qi, clears heat, clears damp, disperses wind

Actions / Indications:
  • Disperses wind-heat; benefits throat (clears head and eyes; wind-heat induced general aching, fever, headache, cough, sore throat)
  • Vents Rashes (early stage of measles; wind rashes)
  • Spreads LV Qi and helps it flow freely (pressure in flanks, chest; emotional instability; gynecological problems)
  • Transform Damp Turbidity (nausea, epigastric distension, diarrhea)
  • (cc: exterior deficiency or yin deficiency with heat)
  • (cooking: add to decoction at last 5 minutes)

    Special Notes:
  • Because Bo He has a dispersing function it should be used with caution in patients with xiao ke (wasting and thirsting), perspiration from qi deficiency, LV yang excess, and patients with chronic deficiency syndromes.
  • Acute Mastitis: Decoction of Bo He solution 60g of (Bo He + Jie Geng) with the herb residue filtered out and applied topically was found effective to treat Acute Mastitis.