INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Ramulus cum Uncis Uncariae
Common English: Uncaria Vine
Gambir
Substances that Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors (Substances that Calm the Liver and Extinguish Wind)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sweet
Slightly Cold
(Cool)
Pericardium
Liver
(Heart)
6-16g
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Extinguishes Wind and alleviates spasms

Liver Heat Transforming into Wind with tremors, seizures and eclampsia

Drains Liver Heat and pacifies Liver Yang

Liver Fire and Liver Yang Rising with headache, irritability, red eyes and dizziness

Recently used for hypertension

Releases the Exterior

Exterior Wind-Heat with fever, headache and red eyes

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Use with caution if there is no true Heat.
  • Use with caution if there is no Liver Wind.
  • Do not use continuously alone at maximum dose for longer than four weeks.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • This herb reverses the stimulating effect of caffeine, but does not potentiate the sedative effect of barbiturates.

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Scorpio
Quan Xie

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Concha Haliotidis
Shi Jue Ming

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao

Convulsions due to Liver Wind.

Childhood convulsions with clenching of the jaws and tremors.

Eclampsia due to Liver Wind.

High fevers with convulsions or muscular tetany.

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Scorpio
Quan Xie
Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen

Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao
Scorpio
Quan Xie

Concretio Bambusae Silicea
Tian Zhu Huang
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui

High fevers with convulsions or muscular tetany with concurrent Qi Deficiency.

Seizures associated with high fever.

Seizures.

Fossilia Dentis Mastodi
Long Chi
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Concha Haliotidis
Shi Jue Ming
Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Concha Haliotidis
Shi Jue Ming

Childhood seizures.

Dizziness and vertigo due to Liver Wind.

Dizziness and vertigo due to Liver Wind.

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Concha Haliotidis
Shi Jue Ming
Fol. Mori
Sang Ye
Gypsum
Shi Gao
Poria Pararadicis
Fu Shen

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma

Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

More extreme cases of Liver Yang Rising with a red face, short temper, and a wiry pulse.

Hypertension.

Liver Fire with headaches and dizziness.

Hypertension with headaches and feelings of distention in the head.

Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Hb. Menthae Haplocalycis
Bo He
Periostracum Cicadae
Chan Tui
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

Scorpio
Quan Xie

Hypertension due to Liver Yang Rising.

External Wind-Heat with headache and red and painful eyes.

Incomplete expression of rashes.

Seizures, convulsions spasms, tics, hemiplegia due to Wind-Stroke and numbness and pain in the limbs, and stubborn migraines or trigeminal neuralgia from Liver Wind or Liver Yang Rising.

Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma

Scorpio
Quan Xie
Scolopendra
Wu Gong
Concretio Bambusae Silicea
Tian Zhu Huang
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Arisaema cum Bile
Dan Nan Xing

Cornu Saigae Tataricae
Ling Yang Jiao
Rx. Gentianae
Long Dan Cao
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Calms the Liver and extinguishes Wind.

Liver Wind.

High fever in Liver Yang Rising.

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li
Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao
Pheretima
Di Long
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia

 

 

Stroke.

 

 

  1. This is a main herb for treating hypertensive headaches.
  2. Both this herb and Cornu Saigae Tataricae Ling Yang Jiao calm the Liver and extinguish Liver Wind. They treat tremors and convulsions due to high fever and are often used together. Ling Yang Jiao is very effective at entering the Blood level and relieving toxicity while Gou Teng enters the Qi level and clears and drains Heat to treat Wind-Heat related problems.
  3. This herb and Rz. Gastrodiae Tian Ma are similar. They treat dizziness, vertigo and headache and are often used together. Gou Teng is sweet and cold and treats Heat-induced Wind while Tian Ma is sweet warm and dry and treats Wind-Cold with Phlegm Dampness.
  4. Some sources say this herb stabilizes fright.
  5. Both Gou Teng and Flos Chrysanthemi Ju Hua calm the Liver and disperse pathogenic Wind and are used for win-Fire rising along the Liver channel to cause headache and dizziness or for Externally contracted diseases leading to headache and red eyes. Gou Teng primarily extinguishes Wind and stops seizures while Ju Hua disperses Wind and drains Heat.