Theory

Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula - TCM Herbal Formula


Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan Names

  • English Name: Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula
  • Pinyin Name: Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan
  • Chinese Character: 天麻钩藤丸

Functional Groupings



Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitis, floaters or blurry vision, insomnia as a result of liver yang rising. 
  • Siezures, spasms, convulsions or other types of involuntary muscle activity due to liver wind.

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Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan Cautions

    Contraindication Notes:

    • Use with caution with patients presenting with yin deficiency.



Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications


Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan Has 8 Ingredients

Fu Ling

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  • Poria, China Root
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat.
    • Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Quiets the heart and calms the spirit - palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid Vinegar While Using This Herb.

Huang Qin

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  • Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria
    • Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-heat in the stomach or intestines, diarrhea, dysentery; damp warm-febrile disease with fever, stifling sensation in the chest, thirst with no desire to drink; damp-heat in the lower jiao - lin syndrome; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Clears heat, stops bleeding - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool.
    • Clears heat, calms the fetus - restless fetus due to heat.
    • Sedates liver yang rising - headache, irritability, red eyes, bitter taste, flushed face.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Shi Jue Ming

Tian Ma

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  • Gastrodia Root
    • Calms the liver, extinguishes liver wind from either heat or cold patterns - spasms, tremors, headache, epilepsy, numbness, dizziness, wind-stroke, childhood convulsion, can be used for problems due to heat or blood deficiency.
    • Extinguishes wind, alleviates pain - headache, dizziness, migraine headaches that occur with wind-phlegm patterns, hemiplegia, dizziness, numbness.
    • Disperse painful obstruction due to wind phlegm - numbness and pain of the lower back and extremities.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Wu Jia Pi

  • Acanthopanax Root Bark
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp, strengthens the sinews and bones, chronic bi due to liver and kidney deficiency generating weak sinews (motor function development delays in children, elderly).
    • Transforms damp, reduces swelling - urinary difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Yi Mu Cao

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  • Chinese Motherwort
    • Invigorates blood and regulates menses for gynecological issues - PMS, abdominal pain, irregular menses, abdominal masses, infertility, post partum abdominal pain w/lochioschesis, stasis from blood deficiency.
    • Promotes urination and reduces swelling - acute systemic edema.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Zhi Zi

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  • Cape Jasmine Fruit, Gardenia
    • Clears heat (Heart and Liver), eliminates irritability - heat patterns with fever, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Drains damp heat - lin (urinary dysfunction) syndrome due to damp-heat in the lower warmer, damp-heat and constrained liver and gallbladder causing jaundice, damp-heat in the gall bladder and triple heater channels of the face - eyes, nose, sores in the mouth and face.
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in vomit, stool, urine; (needs to partially charred).
    • Topically for blood stasis due to trauma, reduces swelling.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or loss of appetite due to cold from deficiency.

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