Qin Jiao - Gentiana Macrophylla Root

TCM Materia Medica

Qin Jiao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "qin jiao" which in english is Qin Jiao herb"gentiana macrophylla root", is categorized within the "herbs that dispel wind dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, liver and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cool 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: 4.5-12g

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

  • Dispels wind-damp bi and cramping, especially in the extremities, for acute/chronic, cold/hot conditions.
  • Clears deficient heat - fever, steaming bone disorder.
  • Jaundice due to acute damp-heat.
  • Counteracts drying action of other herbs that dispel wind-damp - moistens intestines for dry constipation.

Qin Jiao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: jaundice and/or leg cramps

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

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As noted above, qin jiao is within the herbs that dispel wind dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for wind-dampness from the muscle, sinews, joints, and bones; bi-syndromes. wind-predominant bi (xing bi) - pain moves from joint to joint. cold-predominant bi (tong bi) - severe, fixed pain that is made worse by cold. damp-predominant b…)".

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