TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "gan cao" which in english is "licorice root", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, heart, kidney, large intestine, liver, lung, pericardium, small intestine, spleen, stomach, triple heater and urinary bladder channels and exhibits neutral (ping), sweet (gan) and warm (wen) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Gan Cao has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding gan cao:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gan cao is generally included in the following 63 formulas:
As noted above, gan cao is within the herbs that tonify qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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