Botanical Name: Gentianae Radix

Category: Clear Heat, Dry Damp

Long Dan Cao

Long Dan Cao

Taste: Bitter
Temperature: Cold

Channels Entered: Stomach, Gallbladder, Liver

Dosage: 3-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindincated in cases of cold from deficiency of the Spleen or Stomach.

Actions & Indications:

  • Drains damp heat from the Liver and Gallbladder channels: for damp heat in the upper part of the Gallbladder channel with such symptoms as red, swollen, sore throat, and eyes, swollen and painful ears, or sudden deafness. Also for damp heat in the Liver or Gallbladder channels (especially the lower parts) with such symptoms as jaundice, pain, swelling, or dampness in the genital area or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
  • Drains and pacifies excessive Liver fire: for Liver fire blaxing upward with headache or red eyes. Also for Liver wind heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, or flank pain.