Magnolia flower (Xinyi)
Pharmaceutical Name: Flos Magnoliae
Botanical Name: 1. Magnolia biondii Pamp. 2. Magnolia denudata Desr. 3. Magnolia Sprengeri Pamp.
Common Name: Magnolia flower
Source of Earliest Records: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparation: The flowerbuds are gathered in the early spring and dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent and warm
Meridians: Lung and stomach
1. To expel wind and cold.
2. To open the nasal cavity.
Indications & Combinations: Rhinorrhea manifested as nasal obstruction, headache, runny nose and loss of smell. For the cold-type of rhinorrhea followed by white, dilute and profuse nasal discharge, Magnolia flower (Xinyi) is used with Asarum herb (Xixin), Dahurian angelica root (Baizhi) and Xanthium fruit (Cang’erzi). For the heat-type of rhinorrhea with yellow, thick and scanty nasal discharge, Magnolia flower (Xinyi) is used with Mentha (Bohe) and Scutellaria root (Huangqin).
Dosage: 3-10 g
Cautions & Contraindications: Overdosing causes redness of eyes and dizziness.