Gan Jiang - Dried Ginger Root

TCM Materia Medica

Gan Jiang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "gan jiang" which in english is Gan Jiang herb"dried ginger root", is categorized within the "herbs that warm the interior and expel cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid and hot (re) 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: 3-12g

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

  • Warms the middle and expels cold - warms spleen and stomach both in conditions of excess due to externally contacted cold, as well as cold from deficiency due to yang qi deficiency.
  • Rescues devastated yang, expels interior cold - very weak pulse and cold limbs.
  • Warms the lungs and transforms phlegm - lung cold with thin, watery or white sputum.
  • Warms the channels, stops bleeding - hemorrhage of various types, especially for uterine bleeding (must be due to cold - chronic and pale in color, with cold limbs, soggy pulse).

Gan Jiang may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: uterine bleeding

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gan jiang is generally included in the following 10 formulas:

  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan (Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination) - Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp wit…
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  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan (Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Ginger Decoction) - Shaoyang disorder with water accumulation - A modification …
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  • Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan (Aconite Regulate Middle Pills) - Spleen yang deficiency resulting in coldness of the limbs a…
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  • Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction) - A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - simi…
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  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Abdominal Stasis Relief Pills) - Qi and blood stagnation in the lower jiao - lower abdominal…
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  • Si Ni Tang Wan (Frigid Extremities Formula) - Aversion to cold, very cold limbs, sensations of deep cold,…
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  • Wen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula) - Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleed…
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  • Wu Mei Wan (Mume Fruit Pill) - Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritabili…
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  • Xiao Qing Long Wan (Minor Blue Dragon Pills) - Cold/flu like symptoms such as aversion to cold, cough, cle…
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  • Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan (Knee Joint Pain Relief) - Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms. Knee i…
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    As noted above, gan jiang is within the herbs that warm the interior and expel cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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