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Long Dan Cao Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Long Dan Cao Names

  • English Name: Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana
  • Pinyin Name: Long Dan Cao

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Long Dan Cao Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Drains damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder channels - red, swollen, sore throat, eyes, and/or ears, sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital region, or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
  • Clears ascending liver fire - headache, red eyes; liver wind-heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, flank pain.


Long Dan Cao Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 3-9g




Clinician Notes


Long Dan Cao Appears In 2 Formulas

Long Dan Xie Gan Wan

  • Gentiana Purge Liver Formula
    • Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes resulting from liver fire rising.
    • Urinary symptoms such as painful, hot urination perhaps with swollen genitalia, dark and/or turbid urine from damp heat accumulation in the lower jiao.
    • Leukorrhea of yellow color with a strong odor.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Organs
  • Cautions
    • Not for long term use.
    • Not for patients who present with yin, yang, and/or blood deficiency.
    • Use with caution with patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan

  • Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction
    • Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the channels and collaterals characterized by internal deficiency with external excesses - joint pain, muscle aches, numbness and/or pain in the lower extremities (may be severe).
    • Wind-cold damp bi-syndrome (i.e. arthritis) - particularly in the lower part of the body, hips, knees, lower back.
    • Sciatic pain with the correct underlying pattern.
    • Neck pain with the correct underling pattern.
    • Fractures that are reluctant to heal, particularly in the lower body.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Generally not for long term use and use with caution if at all in deficient patients.



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