Long Gu - Fossilized Bones

TCM Materia Medica

Long Gu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "long gu" which in english is Long Gu herb"fossilized bones", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and liver channels and exhibits neutral (ping) 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:

  • Dosage: 15-30g cook 20-30 minutes extra

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

  • Calms the spirit - emotional distress, insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, seizures.
  • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang - irritable, blurred vision, vertigo, bad temper.
  • Prevents leakage of fluids due to deficiency - spermatorrhea, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, vaginal discharge, nocturnal emissions, uterine bleeding.
  • Topically for chronic non-healing sores and ulcerations.

Long Gu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: anxiety, insomnia, irritability, palpitations, uterine bleeding, vertigo and/or vision problems

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, long gu is generally included in the following 4 formulas:

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As noted above, long gu is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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