Gou Teng TCM Herb Classifications and Usages
The TCM herb "gou teng" which in english is "gambir vine stems and thorns", is categorized within the "herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and liver channels and exhibits 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:
- Extinguishes wind and alleviates spasms - spasms, muscle tremors, seizures.
- Drains liver heat and pacifies liver yang - headaches, irritability, red eyes, dizziness.
- Releases the exterior - fever, headaches, red eyes.
Gou Teng may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: dizziness (vertigo), headache, irritability and/or tremor
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gou teng is generally included in the following 6 formulas:
Bao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills) - Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen.
Geng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause) - Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, moo…
Hui Chun Wan (Recovery Special Pill) -
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Te Xiao Zao Ren An Mian Wan (Peaceful Sleep Tablets) - Insomnia, vivid dreaming, nightmares.
Acute emotional inst…
Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan (Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula) - Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitis, floaters or blurry…
Yi Gan Wan (Restrain The Liver Powder) - Anxiety, palpitations, easily frightened, alternating fever…
As noted above, gou teng is within the herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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for internal wind.
results from liver and kidney imbalances - yin deficiency, ascendant liver yang, blood deficiency, high fevers.