Ye Gu - Ghost Flower

TCM Materia Medica

Ye Gu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ye gu" which in english is "ghost flower", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver 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: ?g


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

  • Swellings in the throat
  • Urinary tract infections, other bladder/kidney issues including cancer
  • Used in folk remedies for diabetes
  • Used for a range of liver disease including cancer
  • Arthritis and other systemic inflammatory conditions


As noted above, ye gu is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically sick. )".

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