INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Gentianae Macrophyllae
Common English: Gentiana Macrophylla Root
Large Leaf Gentian Root
Chin-Chiu
Herbs that Dispel Wind Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
Acrid
Slightly Cold
(Cool)
(Neutral)
Gallbladder
Liver
Stomach
3-12g
Tincture: 1-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Expels Wind-Dampness, opens the channels and soothes the sinews and collaterals

Wind-Damp Bi and cramping, especially in the limbs

Acute or chronic Cold disorders

Clears Deficiency Heat

Yin Deficiency, especially with empty Fire (fever, Steaming Bone Disorder)

Resolves Dampness and reduces jaundice

Damp-Heat jaundice, especially acute or infantile jaundice

Moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels

Dry constipation

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with Spleen Deficiency Cold with loose stools or diarrhea.
  • Contraindicated for those with frequent urination.
  • Contraindicated for those with chronic pain with emaciation.
  • High doses may cause nausea and vomiting.
  • This herb may cause drowsiness.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • This herb potentiates the sedative effect of barbiturates.

Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Caulis Lonicerae
Ren Dong Teng

Rx. Saposhnikoviae
Fang Feng
Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Rx. seu Rz. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Rz. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Heat Bi.

Wind-Cold-Damp Bi.

Blood Deficiency with hemiplegia, especially with excess muscle tension in the upper extremities.

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
Hb. Artemisiae Annuae
Qing Hao
Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi

or

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
Hb. Artemisiae Annuae
Qing Hao
Rx. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu

Sm. Cannabis
Huo Ma Ren
Sm. Pruni
Yu Li Ren

Bone steaming fever, afternoon fever, or other low grade fevers due to Yin Deficiency as a result of long term illness.

Damp-Heat jaundice especially pediatric.

Constipation due to dry Intestines.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Alba

Bai Shao

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia

Rx. Stephaniae Tetrandrae
Han Fang Ji
Rx. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Caulis Lonicerae
Ren Dong Teng

Blood Deficiency with hemiplegia, especially with excess muscle tension in the upper extremities.

Vents the muscle layer and cools tidal fevers associated with consumption, especially Wind consumption with steaming bones.

Hot Bi syndrome with redness, swelling and pain.

Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Ram. Cinnamomi
Gui Zhi
Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rz. Gastrodiae
Tian Ma
Rz. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

Cold Bi syndrome with pain and difficulty moving.

Paralysis and post-stroke complications.

Jaundice.

Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Sm. Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi
Poria
Fu Ling
Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

 

 

Infectious hepatitis with jaundice.

 

 

  1. This is a good herb for lower body pain.
  2. It is one of the chief herbs for treating patients with weak constitutions and lower body joint pain.
  3. This herb is also excellent for whole body pain.
  4. This herb can be used for all types of conditions (acute , chronic, hot and cold).
  5. This herb is often used to counteract the drying effects of other Wind-Dampness dispelling herbs.
  6. Because this herb is slightly cold, while most other Wind-Cold Damp herbs are warm, it is particularly suitable for Heat Bi.
  7. It can be used in the treatment of steaming bones, Heat from consumption, Heat during pregnancy and constrained Heat associated with childhood nutritional impairment.
  8. Both Qin Jiao and Rx. Clematidis Wei Ling Xian treat pain and limited movement associated with Wind-Dampness, especially in the lower body. Qin Jiao tends to be cooling and primarily expels Dampness and is best for Wind- Dampness with a tendency toward Heat. The greater the Dampness the more appropriate is the use of this herb. It is also good for steaming bones due to exhaustion as well as Damp-Heat jaundice. Wei Ling Xian is warm and highly mobilizing and is best for Cold Bi with pain, limited movement and even paralysis. It also softens hardness to treat clumping. It is also used for fish bones stuck in the throat.
  9. Both Qin Jiao and Rx. Gentianae Long Dan Cao eliminate Dampness, reduce Heat and are used for Damp-Heat jaundice. Qin Jiao expels Wind and Dampness but is not overly drying. It is mainly used to treat Wind-Damp Bi and Steaming Bone disorder with tidal fever. Long Dan Cao is bitter and very cold, primarily draining Fire from the Liver channel, Lower Jiao Damp-Heat and Liver Fire with red eyes, vertigo, and tinnitus. it also treats cramps and spasms due to Liver Heat generating Wind, or vaginal swelling and itching due to Lower Jiao Damp-Heat.
  10. Dry-fried Large Gentian Root Chao Qin Jiao is slightly warm and is good for treating Wind-Damp-Cold Bi.