E Jiao - Donkey-Hide Glue, Gelatin

TCM Materia Medica

E Jiao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "e jiao" which in english is "donkey-hide glue, gelatin", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, liver and lung channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Tonify blood - dizziness, sallow complexion, palpitations.
  • Stops bleeding - any type.
  • Nourish and moisten yin - irritability and insomnia after febrile disease, dry lung coughs due to yin deficiency or consumption.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, e jiao is generally included in the following 4 formulas:

ViewBu Fei Er Jiao Wan (Tonify the Lungs Formula with Gelatin)

Lung yin deficiency with strong heat signs and/or bleeding - chronic dry cough, wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, COPD. Stops bleeding when it arises from lung yin deficiency - …

ViewJiao Ai Wan (Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Formula)

Uterine bleeding/spotting. Abdominal/Uterine/Ovarian cramping. Irregular menstruation, history of miscarriage - due to spleen failing to regulate the blood.

ViewWen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula)

Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleeding or spotting between cycles.  Infertility, history of miscarriage. 

ViewWu Ji Bai Feng Wan (Black Chicken White Phoenix Pills)

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As noted above, e jiao is within the herbs that tonify blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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