English Name: finger citron, citrus sarcodactylus
Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Citri Sarcodactylis
Medica Category: Qi-Regulating Herbs
Properties: Fo Shou enters the Liver, Lung, Stomach, and Spleen channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Fo Shou is the dried fruit of the fingered citron (aka Buddha’s Hand—Citrus medica L. var. sarcodactylis Swingle), an unusually shaped variety of citron native to East Asia.
Fo Shou spreads Liver qi without drying or consuming yin and addresses mild hypochondriac and abdominal pain from this cause. It is stronger in its action to relieve nausea and vomiting from qi stagnation in the Spleen and Stomach.
Fo Shou has a mild effect to dissolve phlegm in the Lungs and can be used in formula to relieve chronic cough with phlegm accumulation as a component.