Herbs: Patchouli, clove, Chunsharen (amomum villosum), Chen Pi (aged tangerine peel), lakawood, agarwood, 6 other medicinal herbs. Unlike most incense on the market, ours is made from pure herbs and contain no synthetic fragrances, additives, or bamboo/charcoal stick underneath.
Huakai Jianfu, or "Flowers Bloom, See Buddha" incense is derived from an ancient Zen Buddhist recipe to aid in their meditation, spiritual and physical cultivation. It starts with patchouli as the leading herb, supplemented by eleven herbs including clove, Amomum villosum, Chen Pi (dried tangerine peel), Jiangzhenxiang (lakawood), and agarwood.
The Yellow Emperor's Internal Canon, or Huangdi Neijing, mentions: "The spleen and stomach are the organs of the storehouse, from which the five flavors come out." The spleen and stomach's receiving, transportation and transformation functions are compared to a storehouse, which can absorb food and output subtle nutrients for the use of the whole body. The spleen and stomach are the foundation of life, the source of qi and blood, and many diseases are born from poor health of the stomach or spleen.
Nowadays, many people eat raw and cold foods, stay up late, and keep an irregular schedule. This impairs the ability of the spleen and stomach to digest at its most optimal, resulting in various health issues. The Flowers Blooming, See Buddha recipe is formulated to improve many of these issues. It opens the mind, regulates Qi and balances the body, removes fogginess and removes dampness. Over the centuries, it has built a reputation for helping Zen Buddhist practitioners better concentrate on their studies and practice.
Modern medicine often considers medicine as a substance to be swallowed. However, since ancient times, both in Eastern and Western medicine, medical recipes were not only decoctions to be taken directly orally--patients also improved their condition by the intake of the fragrance of medicine. This method was referred to as "taking qi" in traditional Chinese medical terms. Western historical sources also illuminated that European medical incense ingredients sometimes overlapped with traditional Chinese medical incense ingredients, with herbs such as myrrh, styrax, frankincense, and spikenard appearing both in the West and East, as seen in the Codex Sangallensis, a 9th century collection of medical texts housed in St. Gallen, Switzerland, which include incense among its medical recipes.