Ge Gen Wan - Kudzu Decoction

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Ge Gen Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "ge gen wan" , 葛根湯, which in english is "kudzu decoction", is categorized within the "release the exterior" functional grouping and within the "release exterior disorders with head and neck symptoms" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Ge Gen Tang, Pueraria Pills, Kudzu Teapills, Decoction of Puerariae.

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

  • Wind-cold invasion with upper neck and back pain - cold or flu, mild fever, no sweating, stiffness.

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

  • Avoid with fever.
  • Due to having ephedra use caution in patients with hypertension, panic disorder, insomnia, etc.

Our shop contains ge gen wan from the following manufacturers:

  • Ge Gen Tang - Sun Ten
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  • Ge Gen Tang Wan - HBW
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    For many reasons such as availability, ecological choices, and/or price, each manufacturer or herbalist may well adjust the exact composition of a specific formula. Ge Gen Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

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  • Da Zao (Chinese Date, Jujube) - Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced…
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  • Gan Cao (Licorice Root) - Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/s…
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  • Ge Gen (Kudzu Root, Pueraria) - Releases muscles, clears heat - exterior disease in subcuta…
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  • Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig) - Releases muscle layer and adjusts ying and wei qi levels U…
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  • Ma Huang (Ephedra) - Induce sweating to release the exterior, disperse cold Dis…
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  • Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) - Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi …
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    A single formula, alone, may not be sufficient to fully address a particular TCM diagnostic pattern. Formulas may be used alone, in combinations, and/or in stages. Ge Gen Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence lung wind invasion - wind cold.

    Ge Gen Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: back pain, common cold, eczema, fever, flu, neck pain and/or shoulder pain

    As noted above, ge gen wan is within the release the exterior functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "release exterior disorders with head and neck symptoms", which contains the following formulas:

  • Qing Bi Wan (Clear The Nose Decoction) - Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medi…
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  • Xin Yi Qing Fei Wan (Magnolia Flower Drink To Clear The Lungs) - Colds and/or allergies with heat signs (yellow mucus and/or…
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  • Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder) - Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or …
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    All formulas in the primary category of "release the exterior" are listed below.

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