Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Agastaches/Pogostemonis
Common English: Patchouli
Rugose Giant Hysop Herb
Wrinkled Giant Hyssop
Aromatic Herbs that Transform Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Warm
Double when fresh
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Aromatically transforms Dampness, releases the Exterior and dispels Summerheat (transforms turbidity)

Turbid Dampness Obstructing the Middle Jiao

Summer Heat-Dampness



Harmonizes the Middle Jiao and stops vomiting

Nausea or vomiting due to Dampness Obstructing the Middle Jiao

Other types of vomiting, and morning sickness when combined with appropriate herbs

Treats dermatosis and fungal infection

Dermatosis and fungal infections affecting either the hands or feet

  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with Stomach Fire.

Rz. Pinelliae Preparata
Zhi Ban Xia
Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu

Hb. Eupatorii


Fol. Perillae
Zi Su Ye
Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis
Hou Po

Nausea and vomiting, fullness and distention of the chest, epigastrium, and abdomen, anorexia and diarrhea with a turbid, greasy tongue coat due to turbid Dampness Obstructing the Middle Jiao.

Fatigue, stifling sensations in the chest, abdominal distention, nausea and a thin, greasy tongue coat due Summer Heat with Dampness.

Fever and chills, a stifling sensation in the chest and epigastrium, cough and nausea due to Wind-Cold with Dampness Obstructing the Middle Jiao.

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Hb Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen
Hua Shi

Rz. Pinelliae Preparata
Zhi Ban Xia
Fu Ling
Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis
Hou Po

Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Early stage Damp-Warm febrile disease with fever, achy limbs, lethargy, abdominal distention and dark, scanty urine and constipation.

Summerheat with Dampness.

Early stages of Damp-Warmth when Dampness predominates, with fever, a stifling sensation in the chest, nausea, a sense of being encumbered, a sticky sensation in the mouth and a lack of thirst.

Morning sickness.

Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu


Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Caulis Bambusae in Taeniam
Zhu Ru

Fol. Perillae
Zi Su Ye


Vomiting and diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency.

Vomiting due to Damp-Heat.

Transforms Dampness, regulates Qi, harmonizes the Stomach, stops nausea and vomiting and treats turbid Dampness Obstructing the Spleen with lethargy, a stifling sensation in the chest, nausea , loss of appetite, diarrhea or loose stools and a thick tongue coat. (use Zi Su Geng)

Releases the Exterior to treat Externally contracted pathogens such as Externally- contracted Cold during Hot, Damp summer weather, with fever, lethargy, a stifling sensation in the chest and nausea.

Rz. Pinelliae Preparata
Zhi Ban Xia
Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu

Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis
Hou Po

Fol. Perillae
Zi Su Ye
Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae
Bai Zhi

Rz. Pinelliae Preparata
Zhi Ban Xia

Summerheat and Dampness Stagnation in the Middle Jiao.

Summer-Dampness with Wind-Cold.

Nausea and vomiting.

Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Zao Fan
Rz. Polygonati
Huang Jing



Soaked in vinegar for one week and applied topically for fungal infection.



  1. Treats Turbid Dampness obstructing the Middle Jiao and interfering with the Spleen’s transformative and transportive functions.
  2. It is used primarily for Summer-Heat affecting the Spleen/Stomach.
  3. This herb is used for decayed food in the Stomach causing bad breath.
  4. It treats turbid stagnation, obstruction, tightness in the chest or abdomen, feelings of nausea, vomiting and morning sickness.
  5. Hb. Agastaches/Pogostemonis Huo Xiang, Fol. Perillae Zi Su Ye, and Rz. Phragmitis Lu Gen all control vomiting. Huo Xiang is better at transforming Dampness, Zi Su Ye is better at releasing the exterior, and Lu Gen is better at clearing Stomach Heat.
  6. Agastache was traditionally used, but for the past century Pogostemonis has been cultivated and used instead. Some sources say that this herb treats Wind-Cold invasion with underlying internal Dampness.
  7. It is often used with Hb. Eupatorii Pei Lan which is most effective for excessive salivation and an unpleasant, sticky sensation in the mouth while Huo Xiang is more effective at releasing the exterior and stopping vomiting.
  8. Both Huo Xiang and Hb. Eupatorii Pei Lan dispel Summerheat and transform Dampness and are often used together. Huo Xiang is better suited for expelling externally-contracted pathogenic Cold during hot summer weather. Pei Lan is milder and more harmonious and less dispersing.
  9. Patchouli Leaf Huo Xiang Ye mobilizes the Exterior, disseminates and disperses to treat externally-contracted Wind-Cold with Internal Dampness Obstruction.
  10. Patchouli Stalk Huo Xiang Geng mobilizes the Middle, expands the chest and is particularly good for harmonizing the Stomach and stopping nausea. it is often used to treat nausea and vomiting due to Dampness Obstructing the Middle or Stomach Cold and morning sickness.
  11. Fresh Patchouli Xian Huo Xiang relieves Summerheat and releases the Exterior. It is often combined with Hb. Menthae Haplocalycis Bo He as a tea for the early stages of Summerheat with Dampness.
  12. Patchouli Dew Huo Xiang Lu is acrid and slightly warm and is used to clear Summerheat, restore the normal flow of Qi and dissipate Turbid Dampness via its strong aroma to treat Summerheat-Dampness Obstructing the flow of Qi with a stifling sensation in the chest, nausea and vomiting and is valued for its ability to prevent Summerheat disorders.