Traditional Chinese Medicine/Ge Gen

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Name Means:

  • Ge-Coarse grass linen
  • Gen-Root

English Name:

  • kudzu root
  • pueraria

Chinese Name:

  • 葛根 (Pinyin: gé gēn)

Latin Name:

  • Radix Puerariae

Taste & Temperature:

Channels:

  • Foot Tai Yin of Spleen
  • Foot Yang Ming of Stomach

Actions & Indications:

  • disperse Wind-Heat (Spicy & Cool)
  • raise Yang Qi
  • diarrhea
  • release muscles & clear heat
  • nourish fluids & alleviate thirst
  • treat hypertension
  • treat heart and brain diseases due to lack of blood circulation [1][2]

Contraindication:

  • Qi & Yin deficiency causing excessive sweating

Caution:

  • Yin deficiency
  • Blood deficiency
  • chronic skin infection

Dosage:

  • 2-4 qian (6-12 grams)

References[edit]

  1. Haiying Liu, Nongxue Qiu, Huihuang Ding, Ruiqi Yao. “Polyphenols contents and antioxidant capacity of 68 Chinese herbals suitable for medical or food uses”, Food Research International, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2008, Pages 363-370.
  2. China Pharmacopoeia Committee. (2000). Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China (Vol. 1). Beijing: China Chemical Industry Press.

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