Guan Zhong - Dryopteris Root

TCM Materia Medica

Guan Zhong TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "guan zhong" which in english is "dryopteris root", is categorized within the "herbs that expel parasites" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and spleen channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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: 6-15g

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

  • Kills parasites - tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms.
  • Drains heat and relieves fire toxicity - wind-heat colds, damp-heat induced sores, carbuncles.
  • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - bleeding due to hot blood, uterine bleeding.

As noted above, guan zhong is within the herbs that expel parasites functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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