Gentianae Macrophyllae Radix

Qin Jiao

Qin Jiao

Category: Dispel Wind-Dampness

Taste: Bitter, Acrid
Temperature: Slightly Cold
Channels: Stomach, Gallbladder, Liver

Dosage: 3-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

s  Inappropriate for those with loose stools due to Spleen deficiency.

Actions & Indications:

Dispels wind-dampness and soothes the sinews and collaterals: for wind-damp painful obstruction and cramping, especially in the extremities.  Can be used for acute or chronic, cold or hot disorders.  Because this substance is slightly cold and most other herbs for wind-dampness are warm, it is particularly suitable for hot painful obstruction.

Clears heat from deficiency: for yin deficiency patterns that manifest with fever, including steaming bone disorder.

Resolves dampness and reduces jaundice: for jaundice due to damp-heat, especially in acute cases and in infants.

Moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowels: for dry constipation.  This herb is commonly used to counteract the drying qualities of other herbs that dispel wind-dampness.