Fo Shou


Fo Shou in TCM:

Explore the properties of Fo Shou according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


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

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, ST, SP, LV

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, clears damp, resolves phlegm

    Alternate Forms:
  • Fo shou hua (flower) - similar but milder properties; directs LU qi downward

Actions / 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)

    Special Notes:
  • Great for mild qi stagnation by itself, but for severe Qi stagnation Fo Shou should be combined with other herbs like Chuan Lian Zi, Zhi Shi, or Qing Pi.

  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)