Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Menthae
Botanical Name: Mentha haplocalyx Briq.
Common Name: Mentha, Peppermint
Source of Earliest Record: Xinxiu Bencao
Part Used & Method of Pharmaceutical
Preparations: The entire plant, including
leaves, is gathered in any season. The leaves
can be picked two or three times each year,
dried in a shady place and then cut into pieces.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent and cool
Meridians: Lung and liver
1. To disperse wind-heat and
clear the head and eyes; 2. To promote liver
qi, allowing it to flow freely; 3. To bring
rashes to the surface
1. Wind-heat exterior syndrome manifested
as fever, headache, mild aversion to wind
and cold, sore throat and red eyes. Mentha
(Bohe) is used with Platycodon root (Jiegeng),
Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Chrysanthemum
2. Early stage of measles with slight rash.
Mentha (Bohe) is used with Arctium fruit (Niubangzi)
and Pueraria root (Gegen).
3. Stagnation of qi in the liver manifested
as a full sensation and pain in the chest
and costal region. Mentha (Bohe) is used with
White peony root (Baishao) and Bupleurum root
(Chaihu) in the formula Xiaoyao San.
Dosage: 2-10 g