Theory

Tian Ma Gastrodia Root - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Tian Ma Names

  • English Name: Gastrodia Root
  • Pinyin Name: Tian Ma

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Functional Groupings



Tian Ma Clinical Usages and Indications

  • 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.


Tian Ma Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 3-9g
  • 0.9-1.5g powder




Tian Ma Appears In 5 Formulas

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

  • Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination
    • Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp with liver qi stagnation causing rebellious qi.
    • Dizziness, migraines, and vertigo from damp and liver wind rising.
    • Heavy or oppressed sensation of the chest.
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind
  • Cautions
  • This formula should not be used to treat dizziness or vertigo due to liver yang rising patterns.

Bao Ji Wan

  • Protect and Relieve Pills
    • Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen.
    • Foul smelling belching or gas with diarrhea due to heat in the intestine.
    • May alleviate some hangover symptoms.
    • Also useful to treat food poisoning. 
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Organs

Hui Chun Wan

  • Recovery Special Pill
  • Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of consciousness, irritability, restlessness such as seizure disorders, meningitis, measles, and gastroenteritis among others.

  • Open the Orifices
  • Clear Heat and Open The Orifices

Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan




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