The TCM herb "ge gen" which in english is "kudzu root, pueraria", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, cool 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding ge gen:
Ge Gen may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: diarrhea, dizziness (vertigo), fever, headache, hypertension (high blood pressure) and/or tinnitus
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ge gen is generally included in the following 10 formulas:
Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul smelling belching or gas with diarrhea due to heat in the intestine. May alleviate some hangover symptoms. Also useful to treat food poisoni…
Common cold and flu patterns, particularly at the early stages. Can be used in lieu of actual bacterial or viral infection as long as flu or cold like symptoms are manifest.
Wind-cold invasion with upper neck and back pain - cold or flu, mild fever, no sweating, stiffness.
Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-term for inflammatory conditions of the face, mouth, head - sore throat, conjunctivitis, acne, swollen gums. Can be a supportive formula fo…
Nourish the yin and tonify qi with particular emphasis on diabetes (primarily type II, but in some cases type I would benefit as well) when the underlying tcm diagnosis fits. Symptoms may include st…
Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified version of Mai Men Dong Tang - fei wei (lung atrophy) syndrome in Chinese Medicine - dry cough from yin fluid damage, generally arises from defici…
Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medicine - yellow and sticky discharge, sinusitis, rhinitis acute or chronic. Sinus headache, decreased olfactory sense.
Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions. One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one dis…
Stiffness, pain, and/or tightness of the neck.
As noted above, ge gen is within the herbs that release the exterior wind heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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