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Alternative Names

Bourgeon Floral de Magnolia, Beaver Tree, Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis, Flos Magnoliae, Ho-No-Ki, Holly Bay, Hou Po Hua, Hou Po, Houpu, Indian Bark, Japanese Whitebark, Magnolia Rouge, Magnolia Bark, Magnolia, Red Magnolia, Red Bay, Swamp Sassafras, Swamp Laurel, Sweet Bay, White Laurel, White Bay, Xin Yi Hua, Xin Ye Hua

Scientific Name

Magnolia Officinalis

Why Do People Use Magnolia?

The oral preparations of Magnolia officinalis (Magnolia), like magnolia powder, are used for constipation, digestive disorders, to promote sweating and inflammation. Magnolia is also used for obesity, weight loss, stress, anxiety, asthma, fever, depression, stroke and headache. Magnolia flower bud is orally consumed for runny nose, nasal congestion, facial dark spots, sinusitis, common cold, headache for allergic rhinitis. Topically - Flower bud of magnolia is used for toothaches issues. In Skin Care Products - Flower bud extract of magnolia is utilized topically as a skin whitener and to counteract or lessen irritant effects of chemicals.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - Oral, appropriate and short-term utilization of magnolia is considered safe. An extract that consists of number of product including magnolia extracts along phellodendron (Relora, Next Pharmaceuticals) 250 mg thrice every day has been safely utilized in a clinical experiment up to six weeks. Likely Unsafe for Pregnancy - Oral consumption of magnolia powder is thought to be unsafe for pregnant females because it has uterine stimulant activity. Avoid in Breast Feeding - Breastfeeding females should also avoid magnolia because there is scarce and less authentic information available to rate its safety for such females.

How Effective Is Magnolia?

There is insufficient information available about the effectiveness of magnolia powder for following condition(s): • Weight loss

How Magnolia Works?

The most effective part of Magnolia officinalis are the flower bud and its bark. There are some active constituent of magnolia bark such as dihydroxydihdromagnolol, magnolol, dihydrohonokiol and honokiol. Magnolol appears to have antiplatelet, central nervous depressant, smooth muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects. Conversion of cortisol to cortisone may also be adversely effected by interference of magnolia because of its ability to cause blocking of hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. It enhances the production of corticosterone, which is a glucocorticoid similar to cortisol. This might explain consumption of magnolia powder for asthma. Magnolol may also reduce the production of cholesterol. Clinical researches recommend that magnolol may have anti-leukemic reactions. Dihydroxydihydromagnolol and Magnolol appears to have antidepressant effects. Dihydrohonokiol and Honokiol appears to have anxiolytic activities in animal model likely by interacting with gamma-aminobutyric acid-A receptors. Dihydrohonokiol doesn't appear to be responsible for CNS depression, motor dysfunction, physical dependence or amnesia at doses that produce an anxiolytic impacts. Excessive dosage of magnolia bark appears to have CNS depressant effects. Honokiol also appears to inhibit catecholamine secretion. Magnolia flower bud appears to have hypotensive, uterine stimulating, skeletal muscle contracting and antifungal effects. Its magnone constituents may also have platelet-activating factor antagonist activity which may explain its use in rhinitis and nasal congestion.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Magnolia?

Generally Magnolia officinalis has no major side effects. According to clinical trials, after consuming a combination of products containing magnolia extracts along phellodendron, one patient reported shaking hands, thyroid dysfunction, heartburn, sexual dysfunction and perilabial numbness. Another patient reported headache and fatigue. However, it is still unknown if these side effects are related to magnolia or some other factor. The consumption of magnolia may lead to central nervous system depressant effects if taken in high doses.

How Magnolia Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

With Sedative Containing Supplements & Herbs - Supplements & herbs containing sedative properties may be responsible for increased risk of drowsiness. Supplements in such category include calamus, 5-HTP, catnip, California poppy, kava, St. John's wort, yerba mansa, valerian, Jamaican dogwood, hops, skullcap and others.

How Magnolia Interacts With Drugs?

Magnolia officinalis may interact with following drugs: • Alcohol (Ethanol) • Barbiturates • Benzodiazepines • CNS Depressants

How Magnolia Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Magnolia Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Magnolia Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Surgery - Magnolia powder may have CNS depressant impacts. Magnolia may also lead to additive CNS depression when mixed with anesthesia and some other drugs after or during surgical operations. So, such patients are advised to stop using magnolia herb at least two weeks before their suggested surgical procedures.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Magnolia?

ORAL For the purpose of maintaining weight or weight loss, a particular product consisting of multi ingredient extracts of magnolia product along phellodendron 250 mg should be utilized thrice every day for consecutively six weeks.


In various Chinese medicines magnolia bark is thought to be an active ingredient.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Magnolia Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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