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Ban Xia Hou Po Pian
An All Natural Chinese Herbal Supplement
Ban Xia Hou Po Pian (Ban Xia Hou Po Wan, Ban Xia Hou Po Tang, PharynJoy™, 半夏厚朴片) is a famous ancient Chinese medicine used for discomfort in the throat, manifested as a sensation of lump in the throat. Today, it is considered by Chinese doctors as an essential herbal remedy for psychological distress.
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    What does it do?
    Having a "lump in one's throat" is a sensation of localized obstruction and blockage of the throat and is called in Chinese medicine as "Plum-Pit Qi." Most people that suffer with this condition have no actual physical obstruction of the throat, yet they experience an uncomfortable sensation of blockage that is often exacerbated with stress or emotional tension, and may experience persistent phlegm or a sensation of phlegm that cannot be easily expectorated or swallowed.

    While Ban Xia Hou Po Tang, created in the second century A.D. by one of the great pioneers of Chinese medicine, Zhang Zhong-Jing, was originally indicated primarily for a problem affecting the throat, its use has expanded in the modern day to encompass a variety of conditions that are associated with discomfort in the abdomen and chest, as well as emotional distress. It is an extremely useful formula for a sensation of fullness in the chest, and can also be used for cough, vomiting, or distention affecting the abdomen or hypochondriac region. It can be used in cases where there are notable symptoms such as phlegm or nausea, as well as cases where the cause of discomfort is psychological rather than physical.

    According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the principle pattern treated by Ban Xia Hou Po Tang is one of phlegm and Qi binding in the throat, manifesting in Plum-Pit Qi syndrome. There is a sensation of "lump" in the throat that cannot be relieved by expectorating or swallowing. There may also be fullness or oppression in the chest and diaphragm, and there may be cough or vomiting. The tongue is white and moist and the pulse is wiry and moderate or wiry and slippery.

    When there are irregularities in emotion, binding of liver Qi causes the lung and stomach to lose their ability to diffuse and conduct Qi downward; the body fluids are then not dispersed so they accumulate to form phlegm. Phlegm and Qi bind together in the throat to cause the principle symptoms of obstruction in the throat that cannot be expectorated or swallowed, while poor movement of Qi causes discomfort in the chest. This produces fullness or oppression in the chest and hypochondriac region, and may also cause cough, nausea, vomiting, or rapid breathing.

    As a whole, Ban Xia Hou Po Pian moves Qi and disperses lumps while transforming phlegm. Ban Xia (Pinellia rhizome) enters the lung and stomach and transforms phlegm while dispersing binds; it is considered to be the chief herb here. Hou Po (Magnolia cortex) is acrid and moves Qi downward while eliminating fullness, thus helping Ban Xia. Fu Ling (Poria) strengthens the spleen while helping Ban Xia to transform phlegm, while Sheng Jiang (Fresh ginger) disperses binds and harmonizes the stomach to relieve vomiting. Zi Su Ye (Perilla leaf) is aromatic and moves Qi to rectify the lung and soothe the liver, and it assists in moving Qi and opening the chest. This combination naturally resolves all the symptoms seen in this pattern.

    Does research support PharynJoy?

    Modern biomedical research has indicated that Ban Xia Hou Po Tang has anti-depressant effects that come close to matching the anti-depressant effects of Prozac.1,2 Ban Xia Hou Po Tang has also been shown to improve mental health for patients with globus hystericus in modern human clinical trials.3

    What is the formula composition?

    A proprietary blend of

    Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae
    Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
    Sclerotium Poriae Cocos
    Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens
    Folium Perillae Frutescentis
    (Ban Xia)
    (Hou Po)
    (Fu Ling)
    (Sheng Jiang)
    (Zi Su Ye)
    What is Available?
    Guang Ci Tang® Ban Xia Hou Po Pian (PharynJoy™) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets @ 5:1 strength.

    At a true 5:1 concentration, this product represents the most potent form of Ban Xia Hou Po Pian (Tang/Wan) on the market. One tablet is equal to 1 gram of raw herb.

    Please note that Guang Ci Tang® Ban Xia Hou Po Wan in the pill form, which has the same formulation as the tablet, is discontinued.

    Ban Xia Hou Po Pian tablets are made with 100% natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency. A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested efficacy of the formula, and this water decoction is concentrated with our proprietary technology to form a potent extract that is made into easily absorbed tablets, which are remarkably effective, easy to use, and safe. The tablets are produced by Guang Ci Tang® in our state of the art cGMP-certified facility and imported in accordance with U.S. FDA guidelines. When you choose Guang Ci Tang® products, you are taking advantage of a wonderful fusion of science and tradition that incorporates the highest standards in the field of Chinese medicine today.

    Guang Ci Tang® Advantages
    Effective. Safe. Affordable
    • True 5:1 concentration
    • Double the strength of other brands
    • Minimal or no fillers and binders
    • No pharmaceuticals, sugar, or dyes
    • Comprehensive lab testing (e.g., heavy metals,etc.)
    • Made in a cGMP certified facility
    • Unbeatable value
    • Safely used in the USA since 1995

    Check for an independent US lab test report.

    How do I use it?
    Take 5 tablets each time, 2 to 3 times daily. One bottle lasts users about 2 to 3 weeks.

    The dose may be doubled for a quicker and stronger response as needed (e. g., in an acute phase or with heavy body weight).

    As the herbal formula is a mild tonic, results may only be noticeable after 2 weeks. It is suggested to take 4 to 6 bottles in full dose as the first regimen. The dose may then be reduced.

    Differentiation in Usage

    Side Effects
    Ban Xia Hou Po Pian (Wan) has been safely used with few adverse effects when used as directed.

    1. Not for use during pregnancy.

    Allergy Info
    PharynJoy™ is gluten free

    In the Media

    1. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medicines.
    2. Keep out of reach of children.


    1. Wang YM et al., Screening of antidepressant fractions of banxia houpu decoction. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2002 Dec;27(12):932-6.
    2. Luo L et al., Antidepressant effects of Banxia Houpu decoction, a traditional Chinese medicinal empirical formula. J Ethnopharmacol. 2000 Nov;73(1-2):277-8.
    3. Bo P et al., Clinical observations on 46 cases of globus hystericus treated with modified Banxia Houpu decoction. J Tradit Chin Med. 2010 Jun;30(2):103-7.
    PharynJoy™ (Ban Xia Hou Po Pian) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product, works very fast and thoroughly I've been dealing with 'plum pit throat' for several years, and even acupuncture treatments wouldn't resolve the phlegm and feeling of something stuck in my throat. After taking about six bottles of Ban Xia Hou Po Pian (PharynJoy) this ongoing problem was finally resolved, much to my relief! I highly recommend this product. Be sure to drink a lot of water while taking it because it can be drying in certain situations, but that's what it's for - to resolve excess phlegm.
    Date published: 2014-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from On the third bottle On the advice of one of the smartest people I know I bought this product as " the only product I know to deal with the problem of muscles closing and preventing breathing," a problem my wife found very threatening. Gradually the problem has faded and I look forward to seeing if it is eliminated entirely. So far, so very noticeably good.
    Date published: 2014-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product - it actually works I used ten tablets 3 times a day and noticed a huge improvement in a couple of days. I now keep a bottle handy in case i need it.
    Date published: 2014-02-18
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from not working for me I was hopeful about these after my accupuncturist recommended them. i have been on them for 2 weeks ( or more), and i am still having the SAME issue. in fact, it hasnt even lessened AT ALL. i also read some reviews online of others that have had good luck. I have always had good luck with chinese herbs, but these arent doing a thing. i am very disappointed and frustrated, bc i dont know what else to do... :-( There doesn't seem to be an answer for this.
    Date published: 2014-10-31
    Product Q&A

    is ban xia hou po pian the same as banxia houpu decoction. thank you.

    Asked by: gary42
    Yes. They are the same. The decoction means liquid in the original formula. Pian means tablets indicating the form of the finished product from the decocted liquid. Thank you.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2014-05-20

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