Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Love of Magnolias

Each new magnolia flower that I photograph is making my heart sing with delight. It is hard to not fall in love with a magnolia tree in full bloom! The flowers are quite delicate and vary in color depending on the species. 

In Chinese herbal medicine, magnolia bark is known as Huo Po or Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis. In the Materia Medica it falls under  the category of aromatic herbs that transform dampness.

When combined with other herbs in medicinal formulas it has the function of warming and transforming, it also moves rebellious qi downwards when there is congestion that has arisen from the stagnation and accumulation of excessive dampness in the Spleen and Stomach.


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