Long Dan Cao - Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana

TCM Materia Medica

Long Dan Cao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "long dan cao" which in english is Long Dan Cao herb"chinese gentian root, gentiana", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and dry dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, liver and stomach 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: 3-9g

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

  • Drains damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder channels - red, swollen, sore throat, eyes, and/or ears, sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital region, or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
  • Clears ascending liver fire - headache, red eyes; liver wind-heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, flank pain.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding long dan cao:

Long Dan Cao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: convulsions, deafness (hearing loss), headache, itching, jaundice and/or sore throat

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

  • Jiang Ya Wan (Repress The Blood Pressure Pills) - Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat sign…
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  • Long Dan Xie Gan Wan (Gentiana Purge Liver Formula) - Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability…
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  • Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan (Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction) - Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the chann…
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    As noted above, long dan cao is within the herbs that clear heat and dry dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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