Ge Gen Tang Wan Kudzu Decoction - TCM Herbal Formula

Ge Gen Tang Wan Names

  • English Name: Kudzu Decoction
  • Pinyin Name: Ge Gen Tang Wan

Ge Gen Tang Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

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Ge Gen Tang Wan Has 7 Ingredients

Bai Shao

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  • White Peony Root
    • Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang).
    • Calms liver yang, alleviates pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen due to liver yang rising - cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
    • Preserves yin, adjusts ying and wei levels - vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea, exterior wind-cold from deficiency with continuous sweating, spontaneous sweating, night sweats.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.

Da Zao

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  • Chinese Date, Jujube
    • Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, loose stools.
    • Nourishes the blood, calms the spirit - irritability, pale complexion, emotional disturbances, restlessness.
    • Useful to harmonize the harsh properties of other herbs.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • May cause heat, dampness, and phlegm leading to fullness in the middle jiao, food stagnation.

Ge Gen

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  • Kudzu Root, Pueraria
    • Releases muscles, clears heat - exterior disease in subcutaneous region and muscles (governed by spleen and stomach) - fever, headache, stiffness in the back and the neck.
    • Nourishes fluids, alleviates thirst - stomach heat, externally-contracted heat.
    • Vents measles - accelerates rash at early stages.
    • Alleviates diarrhea - diarrhea or dysenterial disorders due to heat; may be used for spleen deficiency diarrhea if combined with other herbs.
    • Alleviates symptoms of hypertension - headaches, dizziness, tinnitus.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

Gui Zhi

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  • Cinnamon Twig
    • Releases muscle layer and adjusts ying and wei qi levels
    • Useful in wind-cold-damp bi syndromes to warm channels and disperse cold
    • Resolves blood stagnation particularly from cold - dysmenorrhea
    • Unblocks yang qi in the chest - shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations
    • Resolve edema and accumulation of cold phlegm
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in wind-heat and/or empty heat conditions
    • Avoid in heat in the blood, particularly w/vomiting

Ma Huang

  • Ephedra
    • Induce sweating to release the exterior, disperse cold
    • Disperse lung qi, wheezing
    • Promote urination and reduces edema
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Not for long-term use as sweating will weaken the qi
    • Use cautiously in deficiency condition
    • May cause and/or contribute to hypertension, insomnia, mental restlessness

    Sheng Jiang

    • Fresh Ginger Rhizome
      • Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi
      • Warms the middle jiao - stomach cold/vomiting
      • Alleviates coughing, warms lung
      • Reduces toxicity of other herbs
    • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
    • Cautions
      • Avoid w/heat in LU or ST
      • Use cautiously in patients with hypertension

      Zhi Gan Cao

      • Honey Fried Licorice Root
        • This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the heart and spleen along with its general harmonizing function within formulas. ┬áSee Gan Cao for complete information.
      • Herbs That Tonify Qi

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