Pharmaceutical Latin: Gecko
Common English: Gecko
Toad-Headed Lizard
Herbs that Tonify the Yang
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
(Slightly Toxic)
Powder: 1-7g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Tonifies the Kidneys and Lungs, relieves cough and dyspnea and strengthens Yang

Kidney and Lung Deficiency when Kidneys are unable to grasp Lung Qi with wheezing

Consumptive cough or cough with blood-streaked sputum

Tonifies Jing and Blood, controls and stabilizes Kidney Qi and stabilizes Ming Men Fire

Impotence, daybreak diarrhea and urinary frequency due to Kidney Yang Deficiency

  • Contraindicated for those with wheezing and coughing due to External Wind-Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with cough and wheezing due to Excess Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Fire Blazing.
  • Contraindicated for those with Phlegm Stagnation.
  • It is slightly toxic, don't use in large quantities for a long time.
  • Use with caution for those with Qi and Blood Deficiency.

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Sm. Juglandis
Hu Tao Ren
Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Bul. Fritillariae Cirrhosae
Chuan Bei Mu

Cough and wheezing from Deficient Lungs and Kidneys, especially when inhalation is more difficult. (Inability to grasp Qi)

Kidney Yang Deficiency impotence, decreased sexual function, daybreak diarrhea and frequent urination.

Coughing and wheezing with hoarseness or Blood-streaked sputum from severe Deficiency of the Kidneys and Lungs.

Chronic coughing and wheezing due to Lung Deficiency with Phlegm Heat.

Cornu Cervi Pantotrichum
Lu Rong
Hb. Epimedii
Yin Yang Huo
(Rz. Dioscoreae)
(Shan Yao)

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi
Sm. Juglandis
Hu Tao Ren

Impotence due to Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Tonifies both Lungs and Kidneys to treat wheezing and coughs due to Deficiency of both the Lungs and Kidneys and disorders of Kidney Qi such as impotence and premature ejaculation.

Chronic respiratory disorders with Deficiency and Cold signs.

Rx. Panacis Quinquifolii
Xi Yang Shen
Rz. Picrorhizae
Hu Huang Lian
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Rx. Dipsaci
Xu Duan
Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo

Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi
Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou
Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi

Chronic respiratory disorders with Yin Deficient signs of tidal fever and steaming bone sensations.

Weakness and soreness of the bones and joints.

Daybreak diarrhea.

  1. The tail is considered the most effective part.
  2. Ge Jie invigorates the Yang without the side effects of Dryness and Heat.
  3. When combined with Qi Tonics, it produces an excellent general tonic effect for Qi.
  4. This herb is also effective for treating wasting and thirsting.
  5. This herb is said to cure paralysis due to apoplexy and abdominal masses due to Blood Stagnation.
  6. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  7. One source says that this herb diminishes Blood Stasis and cures tumors.
  8. For scrofula, calcine and pound into a powder. Take 0.3g with wine each time.
  9. For pestilence, calcine one Gecko and blend together wit 75g of Faeces Bombycis Can Sha (washed twice in water and sun-dried) and 2-2.5kg wheat flour. Dry and grind into a powder for oral administration. Take 15-30g before each meal with a decoction of Cacumen Platycladi Ce Bai Ye.
  10. Of Ge Jie, Hippocampus Hai Ma, Hb. Epimedii Yin Yang Huo and Fr. Cnidii She Chuang Zi, Ge Jie is less able to fortify Yang, but it does have the special ability to calm wheezing and stop coughs by assisting the Kidney's ability to grasp Qi and strongly tonify the Lung Qi, which the others do not have.
  11. Both Ge Jie and Cordyceps Dong Chong Xia Cao tonify the Lungs and Kidneys, warm the Yang, augment Jing, and settle coughs and wheezing. Ge Jie is salty, neutral, calms wheezing, and stops cough by assisting the Kidneys to grasp Qi. It also strongly tonifies the Lung Qi. Dong Chong Xia Cao calms wheezing and stops cough by descending rebellious Qi. It also transforms phlegm, stops bleeding and stops sweating by reinforcing Wei Qi.
  12. Oil-crisped Gecko You Su Ge Jie smells better and is easier to break up into pieces. It is best for tonifying the Lungs, augmenting Jing, grasping Qi and settling wheezing.
  13. Wine-fried Gecko Jiu Chao Ge Jie is better able to tonify the Kidneys and fortify the Yang and is often used for impotence due to Kidney Yang, Jing and Blood Deficiencies.