Gan Sui - Kan Sui Root

TCM Materia Medica

Gan Sui TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "gan sui" which in english is "kan sui root", is categorized within the "herbs that drain downward" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, large intestine and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) 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: 1.5-3g
  • Powder: 0.3-1g

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

  • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - fluid in the chest and abdomen, general edema; violent passing of water through the anus.
  • Clears heat, reduces swellings - swollen, painful skin lesions due to damp-heat.

Gan Sui has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Incompatible with Gan Cao
  • Only for strong individuals.
  • Toxic - nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.

As noted above, gan sui is within the herbs that drain downward functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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