Puerariae Radix

Ge Gen

Ge Gen

Category: Cool, Acrid Release the Exterior

Taste: Sweet, Acrid

Temperature: Cool

Channels: Stomach, Spleen

Dosage: 9-21g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • None

Actions & Indications:

  • Discharges exterior conditions and releases the muscles: for exterior disorders lodged in the muscles manifesting in fever, headache, and stiff or thight upper back and neck.

    Ge Gen

    Ge Gen

  • Relieves heat and generates fluids: for thirst due to Stomach heat. Especially appropriate in cases of externallly contracted heat.
  • Vents and discharges measles: to hasten recovery from measles with incomplete expression of the rash.
  • Relieves heat and generates fluids: for irritability and thirst from externally contracted heat or wasting and thirsting disease with internal heat.
  • Raises the yang and stops diarrhea: for diarrhea or dysentric disorders due to heat. Can also be used for diarrhea due to Spleen deficiency, when combined with appropriate herbs.
  • Treats symptoms of hypertension: this herb has recently been used to treat the headache, dizziness, tinnitus, or paresthesias that can accompany hypertension.


  • Ge Gen Tang
  • Ge Gen Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang (Ge Gen Qin Lian Tang)

Major Combinations:

  • + Huang Qi: lowers blood pressure, treats diseases of the cervical vertebrae, diabetes.
  • + Shao Yao & Gan Cao: for hard and painful muscles, and diarrhea.

According to Huang Huang:

  • Ge Gen types are similar to alcohol overconsumption, tending towards dizziness, unclear thinking, headache, thirst, dry mouth, occipital discomfort, and diarrhea.
  • Ge Gen ascends the clear to help with:
    • Circulation to the head and occiput.
    • Vessel problems of the heart and head.
    • Tinnitus or sudden deafness, rhinitis, tooth pain, neck and shoulder issues, and bell’s palsy.
  • The discomfort of Gen Gen patterns is along the whole back from the occiput to the lumbar region.