Magnolia bark has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. This herb is aromatic, pungent, warming and stimulating and can help strengthen your stomach and digestive system, according to Herbalist. Magnolia bark may have antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and may be used to treat various inflammatory conditions, colds and flu. Magnolia bark may also cause some undesirable side effects. Consult with your health care provider or certified herbalist prior to using magnolia bark extract.
According to E Natural Health Center, magnolia bark can help remove dampness from your body, relieve asthma and improve your digestion. Herbalists commonly prescribe magnolia bark for abdominal pain and distention, constipation, coughing and shortness of breath. Magnolia bark may also help relieve chest tightness and phlegm congestion that is associated with asthma. Herb Wisdom states that this herb can also help improve menstrual cramps, gas, nausea and indigestion.
Two chemicals found in magnolia bark are honokiol and magnolol, which both have strong antioxidant activity. According to Herbal Wisdom, these two substances may help reduce stress and balance your cortisol levels. Therefore, magnolia may also help combat the effects of excessive stress.