Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Citri Sarcodactylis
Common English: Finger Citron Fruit
Buddha's Hand
Finger Lemon Fruit
Herbs that Regulate Qi
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
(Slightly Warm)
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Spreads and regulates Liver Qi

Liver Qi Stagnation with chest or hypochondriac pain or a stifling sensation in the chest

Liver Yin Deficiency with emotional problems

Harmonizes the Stomach, dries Dampness and strengthens the Spleen

Spleen and Stomach Qi Stagnation with epigastric pain, fullness and distention, lack of appetite, belching and/or vomiting

Liver Qi Stagnation Attacking the Stomach

Yin Deficiency with Stomach Qi Stagnation

Regulates Lung Qi and transforms Phlegm

Sub-acute or chronic coughs due to Phlegm-Damp in the chest with copious Phlegm

Especially useful for unrelenting cough with chest pain

  • Use caution in cases where there is no stagnant Qi.
  • Use caution for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with Excess Fire symptoms.

Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Per. Citri Reticulatae Viride
Qing Pi

Fol. Eriobotryae
Pa Ye
Fructus Luffae Retinervus
Si Gua Luo

Strengthens the function of spreading Liver Qi.

Indigestion, fullness, and discomfort in the chest, epigastrium and abdomen, anorexia, and belching or vomiting.

Unrelenting sub-acute cough with chest pain.

Per. Citri Reticulatae Viride
Qing Pi

Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Fr. Citri
Xiang Yuan
Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke

Rz. Zingiberis Recens
Sheng Jiang
Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum
Chen Xiang
Lignum Dalbergiae Odoriferae
Jiang Xiang

Epigastric pain from Liver Qi Stagnation.

Spleen and Stomach Qi Stagnation.

Nausea and vomiting.

Caul. Bambusae in Taeniam
Zhu Ru
Fol. Perillae
Zi Su Ye
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Fol. Eriobotryae
Pa Ye
Fructus Luffae Retinervus
Si Gua Luo
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin


Nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.

Persistent cough with profuse sputum and chest pain.


  1. This herb strongly promotes the movement of Qi, but its ability to alleviate pain is weak.
  2. This herb is especially useful for unrelenting coughs with chest pain.
  3. Because its Phlegm transforming function is rather weak, it is not used in treating the early stages of externally contracted coughs.
  4. It is warm but not drying.
  5. The flower, Flos Citri Sarcodactylis Fo Shou Hua has similar but milder properties. It is more effective at descending Lung Qi and is often used for cough and wheezing due to rising of rebellious Lung Qi. It is considered more effective for emphysema. The dosage is 3-9g.
  6. An alternate name Citrus Wilsonii Xiang Yuan emphasizes the Spleen and Lung with chest, rib, abdominal and epigastric distention, pain and fullness.
  7. Finger Citron Fruit Dew Fo Shou Lu is the distilled fluid. It awakens the Spleen,soothes Liver constraint, dredges Qi, unbinds the Stomach and promotes normal appetite. It can be taken as a tea or added to other decoctions.