Magnolia is a traditional Chinese medicine used to treat menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and gas, anxiety, asthma, coughs, colds, diarrhoea, indigestion, intestinal problems and nausea. It has also been indicated for Alzheimer's disease and recent research has indicated its use as a "cortisol", a stress hormone-lowering supplement. Cortisol has also been associated with weight gain (particularly fat in the abdominal area), sugar control problems, memory problems, and a host of other stress induced disorders.