Botanical Name: Platycodi Radix

Jie Geng

Jie Geng

Category: Transform Cold-Phlegm

Taste: Bitter, Acrid

Temperature: Neutral

Channels Entered: Lung

Dosage: 3-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Because of this herb’s acrid, dispersing, and draining qualities, it is contraindicated for chronic cough form yin deficiency or in patients with a tendency to cough up blood.

Actions & Indications:

  • Opens up and disseminates the Lung qi, dispels phlegm, and benefits the throat: for cough or wheezing with profuse sputum, throat pain, and loss of voice. Can be used for cough with profuse sputum from either cold or heat.
  • Pushes out pus: for expelling pus associated with Lung abscess or throat abscess. The traditional disease of Lung abscess is marked by fevers, chest pain, coughing of yellow sputum with a fishy smell, along with coughing up of blood and pus.
  • Opens up and raises the Lung qi while also directing the actions of other herbs to the upper regions of the body: used not only to reinforce the actions of other herbs that clear and drain the upper burner, but also whenever the actions of a formula should be focused on the upper regions of the body.