Botanical Name: Ligustici Rhizoma

Category: Warm, Acrid Herbs that Release the Exterior

Gao Ben

Gao Ben

Taste: Acrid
Temperature: Warm

Channels Entered: Bladder, Governing vessel

Dosage: 3-9g

Key Characteristics:

  • Powerfully ascending nature reaches the vertex where it treats headaches involving the teeth.
  • Relieves abdominal pain and diarrhea from damp-cold or gynecological swelling and masses.

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated for headaches from blood deficiency or in hot disorders.

Actions & Indications:

Gao Ben

Gao Ben

  • Discharges exterior conditions and disperses cold: for externally-contracted wind-cold, and especially for headache and nasal congestion, as in Xin Yi San. By itself it is used for wind-cold lodged in the greater yang with headache involving the crown and vertex, or linked to the teeth and jaw.
  • Dispels wind, overcomes dampness, and alleviates pain: for wind-cold-damp painful obstruction as well as acute lower back pain due to invasion of wind-cold, as it treats both ends of the Governing vessel.
  • Also used for dampness affecting the digestive system.


  • Xin Yi San
  • Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang 

    Gao Ben

    Gao Ben


  • Gao Ben is often used as a guiding herb to the vertex.  It enters the Du and treats the entire length of the spine.