Long Dan Xie Gan Wan - Gentiana Purge Liver Formula

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Long Dan Xie Gan Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "long dan xie gan wan" , 龙胆泻肝丸, which in english is "gentiana purge liver formula", is categorized within the "clear heat" functional grouping and within the "clear heat from the organs" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Gentiana to Drain the Liver.

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

  • Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes resulting from liver fire rising.
  • Urinary symptoms such as painful, hot urination perhaps with swollen genitalia, dark and/or turbid urine from damp heat accumulation in the lower jiao.
  • Leukorrhea of yellow color with a strong odor.

Long Dan Xie Gan Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Not for long term use.
  • Not for patients who present with yin, yang, and/or blood deficiency.
  • Use with caution with patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Our shop contains long dan xie gan wan from the following manufacturer:

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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. Long Dan Xie Gan Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewChai Hu (Thorowax Root, Bupleurum)

Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating chills and fever, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest. Relieves liver qi stagnation (often u…

ViewChe Qian Zi (Plantago Seeds)

Promotes urination, clears heat - edema, lin syndromes due to damp-heat, generally in the lower warmer. Solidifies the stool - diarrhea with damp-heat or damp-summerheat. Clears the eyes - liver an…

ViewDang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea. Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold …

ViewGan Cao (Licorice Root)

Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong). Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang)…

ViewHuang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria)

Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings. Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-…

ViewLong Dan Cao (Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana)

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 …

ViewMu Tong (Akebia Caulis)

Promotes urination, drains heat from the heart through the small intestine - irritability with sores of the mouth or tongue, scanty urination, lin syndrome, edema. Promotes lactation, unblocks the b…

ViewSheng Di Huang (Rehmannia)

Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood. Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mou…

ViewZe Xie (Water Plantain Root)

Promotes urination, drains damp-heat in the lower burner - urinary difficulty, edema, diarrhea. Drains deficient kidney fire - heat signs, dizziness, tinnitus.

ViewZhi Zi (Cape Jasmine Fruit, Gardenia)

Clears heat (Heart and Liver), eliminates irritability - heat patterns with fever, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, stifling sensation in the chest. Drains damp heat - lin (urinary dysfunction) syn…

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. Long Dan Xie Gan Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence liver and gallbladder damp heat and/or liver fire.

Long Dan Xie Gan Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: deafness (hearing loss), headache, hypochondriac pain and/or leukorrhea

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding long dan xie gan wan.

This formula can treat manifestations of liver fire in all three jiaos or any combination of them.

As noted above, long dan xie gan wan is within the clear heat functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "clear heat from the organs", which contains the following formulas:

ViewBao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills)

Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul smelling belching or gas with diarrhea due to heat in the intestine. May alleviate some hangover symptoms. Also useful to treat food poisoni…

ViewChu Kou Wei Wan (Chu Kou Wei Wan)

Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, throat, or mouth from stomach fire. Ulcers, sores, or other types of abcess in the mouth due to persistent stomach heat. Constant sense of h…

All formulas in the primary category of "clear heat" are listed below.

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