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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 that supports throat comfort. It is also an important herbal remedy that supports mental health.
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    What does it do?

    Having a "lump in one's throat" is a feeling of localized obstruction and blockage of the throat and is called in Chinese medicine as "Plum-Pit Qi." Most people feeling this 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.

    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 in the chest and diaphragm. The tongue is white and moist and the pulse is wiry and moderate or wiry and slippery.

    When there are swings 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.

    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.

    What is the formula composition?

    A proprietary blend of

    Pinellia cured rhizomePinellia ternata(Zhi Ban Xia)
    Poria sclerotiumPoria cocos(Fu Ling)
    Magnolia barkMagnolia officinalis(Hou Po)
    Ginger fresh rhizomeZingiber officinale(Sheng Jiang)
    Perilla leafPerilla frutescens(Zi Su Ye)
    Other ingredients: .
    We use as little fillers/binders as possible which together amounts to % of the tablet weight.
    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 all natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency. A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested action 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.

    Please note that our tablets may appear neutral in finishing and a little brittle. You may observe a tiny bit of fine powder at the bottom of your bottle and occasionally one or a couple of broken tablets after transportation. This is because unlike other manufacturers, our tablets are not coated as part of our effort to minimize the use of excipients and to make them as pure as possible. These tablets can also be easily dissolved in hot water to serve as tea.

    Guang Ci Tang® Advantages
    Pure. Potent. Proven.
    • True 5:1 concentration
    • Double the strength of regular brands
    • Minimal fillers and binders
    • No pharmaceuticals 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., 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.

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


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    PharynJoy™ (Ban Xia Hou Po Pian) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best thing ever for LPR! Clears your throat like nothing else and stop heart fluttering/palpitations from LPR. No side effects whatsoever. One thing: you must take this for a few months to notice full benefit. You will only most likely get some relief after the first few days or weeks. Take a few bottles worth and you'll see that you're pretty much cured of this. Amazing! Note: it takes time to push all the "qi" downwards that has built up in the throat and upper chest. It really helps with anxiety and panic related to LPR (and probably in general, too). Believe me - I would never in a million years review a product so positively if it didn't make a world of difference in my life.
    Date published: 2015-11-20
    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 4 days in Really works and I love it. My globus hystericus isn't cured yet but its far better now using BAN XIA then it was before without it.
    Date published: 2015-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good product I am being using this product for about two weeks. .and it is helping me big time..I recommend it...
    Date published: 2015-06-07
    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 5 out of 5 by from Great features Very fast delivery, even to Poland, I feel much better after these pills.
    Date published: 2015-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I bought this mainly because I kept feeling like there was an "object stuck in my throat". This went on for months. Immediately after taking this, it went away and hasn't come back, even after stopping taking the pills. This also helps with phlegm, but that will start back up after stopping the pills.
    Date published: 2017-02-24
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    Product Q&A

    Can it be crushed or dissolved with water? It's important for me because in addition to my plum pit, I have a choking sensation with grainy food too.. so I eat only mashed and shaked\liquid food for about 7 months :( Thanks.

    Asked by: edilee686
    Hi, Thanks for the question. Yes, you can crush the tablets or dissolve them in water to serve.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2015-08-25

    I was taking Guang Ci Tang product: BAN XIA HOU PU PIAN; No K104. Can't find it in either your active or discontinued lines. How is it different from Ban Xia Hou Po Pian? Problem: pain upper right side of throat while eating. C-Scan showed nothing.

    Asked by: Peter22
    Thank you for your question. they are the same formula with a slight difference in the Chinese PingYin name spelling. All new batches have the Ban Xia Hou Po Pian on the labels.
    Answered by: ActiveHerb_Answers
    Date published: 2014-12-22

    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

    hi there, I'd like to order these but i'm not sure if i it is allowed in the UK. I'm just wondering if you could help? thank you!

    Asked by: itsme

    can these be sent to the UK? I know that you can send them but is it banned here? Thanks for your help!

    Asked by: itsme
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