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Uses for Magnolia Bark

Magnolia bark is a traditional Chinese medicine that’s known for helping people with low qi, or energy.  It has a variety of uses, from a weight loss remedy, to a digestive aid for problems caused by stress.  The Chinese have used magnolia bark as an anti-stress and anti-anxiety agent for hundreds of years.  More and more research today seems to back up what the Chinese have believed for so long.  Researchers say magnolia bark appears to lower cortisol levels, which thus lowers stress.  Magnolia bark also appears to have some anti-inflammatory properties.

Some specialists in natural medicine use magnolia bark to treat lung disorders like cough or asthma.  Magnolia bark is also a common ingredient in herbs specialized to reduce abdominal swelling and edema.  Researchers are even finding this herb to be helpful in the treatment of various types of cancer. 

The Japanese are also known to use magnolia bark to treat a number of different problems.  The herb is an ingredient in two of the most popular Japanese herbal medicines that are used today.  One is called saiboku-tu, and the other is called hange-kobuku-tu.  Both are used for treating a variety of ailments, from lung problems, to depression and anxiety. 

Magnolia bark is also a great source of antioxidants.  Researchers have found that it is a thousand times per potent than vitamin E in its antioxidant activity.  This means magnolia bark has plenty of potential heart health benefits also. 

The herb also shows signs of being an important aid for brain health.  They can change the activity of some neurotransmitters, a solution that drug companies have developed drugs to do.  In higher doses, the herb also depresses the central nervous system, which can put you to sleep.  This means the herb could be a good sleep aid.  In lower doses, magnolia bark works as an anti-anxiety agent.  In fact, studies have shown this herb to be just as powerful of an anti-anxiety agent as the drug valium.  Researchers believe magnolia bark would make a great supplement to anyone who’s having trouble withstanding the daily stresses of life. 

So far, no health hazards have been recorded in connection with magnolia bark.  However, you may want to test its affect on you before you dive in.  Because of its tranquilizing effects in higher doses, it’s important that you not operate any heavy machinery or do anything else that could put you in danger if you fall asleep.  After you know how the herb affects you, feel free to then adjust your activities as you need to.

The usual dosage of magnolia bark is three to nine grams of dried bark.  A good way to take the herb is as a tea, although it also is commonly found in powdered or pill form.  If you’re taking magnolia in powdered or pill form, then you should shoot for 250 to 750 milligrams per day.

Magnolia bark can make a great addition to any herbal supplement you already take.  As with all supplements, read the labels of everything to make sure it won’t cause problems with any medication you take daily.



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