Botanical Name: Uncariae Ramulus cum Uncis

Gou Teng

Gou Teng

Category: Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Taste: Sweet
Temperature: Slightly Cold
Channels Entered: Pericardium, Liver

Dosage: 6-15g

Key Characteristics:

  • Drains Liver heat
  • Settle Liver wind


Actions & Indications:

  • Extinguishes wind and alleviates spasms: for patterns of Liver heat with internal stirring of Liver wind with such symptoms as tremors, seizures, and eclampsia.
  • Drains Liver heat and pacifies Liver yang: for Liver fire and ascendant Liver yang patterns with such symptoms as headache, irritability, red eyes, and dizziness.  Recently used for hypertension, especially of this type.
  • Releases the exterior: for exterior wind-heat patterns with such symptoms as fever, headache, and red eyes.