Information on Magnolia

Latin NameMagnolia denudata
Other NamesXin Yi Hua
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsContraindicated in cases of adrenal weakness, because of its drying nature.
Botanical InfoThe fuzzy and aromatic buds of several native Chinese magnolias are collected for Xin Yi Hua.
DescriptionMagnolia buds are a commonly-used Chinese herb for opening the nasal passages, helping to relieve nasal obstruction, congestion, and headaches.
The unopened flower buds of a number of species of magnolia trees, such as Magnolia liliflora and M. denudata, are used.
Magnolia buds are useful because of their effectiveness in reducing mucus discharge from the nose and opening the sinuses. The buds do not contain stimulant alkaloids like ma huang (Ephedra sinensis) and thus do not interfere with sleep or make one nervous.


Infusion1-2 cups daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Magnolia

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Hay feverchecks excess secretionstincture, tea
Sinusitissinus decongestanttincture, tea


Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.