Gao Ben - Chinese Lovage Root, Ligusticum Root

TCM Materia Medica

Gao Ben TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "gao ben" which in english is "chinese lovage root, ligusticum root", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the urinary bladder channels and exhibits acrid 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:

  • Dosage: 3-9g

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

  • Expels wind-cold, vertex headaches (teeth/jaw pain)
  • Dispels wind and dampness - useful for wind-cold-damp bi-syndromes and/or acute lower back pain from wind cold
  • Resolve dampness effecting stomach/spleen

Gao Ben has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in Blood and/or Yin Deficiency

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gao ben is generally included in the following 3 formulas:

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    As noted above, gao ben is within the herbs that release the exterior wind cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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