Lu Gen - Reed Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Lu Gen TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "lu gen" which in english is Lu Gen herb"reed rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that drain fire" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the stomach channels and exhibits cold (han) 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
  • When used alone, up to 60g

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

  • Clears heat, generates fluids - heat patterns with high fever, irritability, thirst.
  • Clears lung heat - cough, thick yellow sputum.
  • Clears stomach heat - vomiting, belching.
  • Clears heat, diuretic - dark, scanty urine, xue lin, accompanied by thirst and irritability.
  • Encourages rashes to the surface - for febrile disease with rashes that are incompletely expressed.

Lu Gen has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in patients with spleen or stomach cold from deficiency.

Lu Gen may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: fever, irritability and/or vomiting

As noted above, lu gen is within the herbs that drain fire functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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