Open the Heart™ Formulae

open_the_heart The “Heart” refers to the Shen and “opening” to eliminating stagnation. This formula is a variation of Ban Xia Hou Po Tang (Pinellia-Magnolia Decoction) which addresses stagnation from the Heart and Lungs.


Ban Xia Rhizoma Pinelliae preparatum
He Huan Pi Cortex Albiziae
Bai He Bulbus Lilii
Hou Po Cortex Magnoliae officinalis
Zi Su Ye Folium Perillae
Da Zao Fructus Ziziphi jujubae rubrae
Chai Hu Radix Bupleuri
Jie Geng Radix Platycodi
Qing Pi Pericarpium Citri reticulatae viride
Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae

Order Formulae


Stagnation of Lung-Qi and Heart-Qi in the chest.


Moves Qi in the chest, stimulates the descending of Lung-Qi and Heart-Qi, calms the Mind, settles the Corporeal Soul.

Tongue: Perhaps slightly red in the chest area (sides of its central section).
Pulse: Wiry

Classical Antecedent

Ban Xia Hou Po Tang

Differences from Classical Antecedent

Stronger calming-the-Mind action.

Acupuncture Points

Ren-15 Jiuwei, ST-40 Fenglong, P-6 Neiguan, LIV-3 Taichong, L.I.-4 Hegu, SP-6 Sanyinjiao, with even or reducing method.

Open the Heart™ is a variation of Ban Xia Hou Po Tang (Pinellia-Magnolia Decoction). The formula is often cited as one to move Liver-Qi when, in fact, it is really to deal with stagnation of Qi in the chest deriving not so much from the Liver as from the Lungs and Heart. However, as the Liver which controls the free flow of Qi, is also involved whenever Qi stagnates.

  • Chai Hu and Qing Pi were added to soothe the Liver and eliminate stagnation;
  • Bai He and Jie Geng were added to move Lung-Qi and settle the Corporeal Soul;
  • He Huan Pi was added to open the Mind’s orifices.

The main emphasis of the formula is to move stagnant Heart-Qi and Lung-Qi. Stagnation of Heart-Qi and Lung-Qi.

These emotions first deplete Heart-Qi and Lung-Qi and depress the Shen and the Po. The depletion of Lung-Qi leads to shallow breathing and poor circulation of Qi in the chest and, eventually, to stagnation of Lung-Qi in the chest. The simultaneous weakness and stagnation of Lung-Qi may also lead to Phlegm. The Lung channel influences the throat and its stagnation can cause a feeling of obstruction there.

Mental-Emotional Pattern
Stagnation of Heart-Qi and Lung-Qi depletes the Shen and Po. This resides in the Lungs and it therefore affects breathing. The chronic stagnation of Heart-Qi obstructs the Shen. The formula is used literally to “get it off one’s chest”.

This product is a dietary (food) supplement, as prescribed by a qualified practitioner. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease. Do not take if nursing or pregnant. Not intended to replace a varied diet. Not to be consumed for longer 3 months on a continued basis.