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Gan Cao #1072M

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Pin Ying Name: Gan Cao

Chinese Name: 甘草

English Name: Chinese Licorice

Latin Name: Glycyrrhizae, Radix Et Rhizoma

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Herbs that Tonify Qi
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Salty
raw Gan Cao Warm
dry-fried Zhi Gan Cao
All twelve channels Yang Wei
1.5-14g 30g (Larg e dose)
Actions & Indications
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage

Tonifies the Spleen and augments Qi

  • Spleen Qi Deficiency with shortness of breath, lassitude and loose stools
  • Qi and Blood Deficiency with an irregular pulse and/or palpitations
  • Heart Qi Deficiency or Heart Yang Deficiency

Moistens the Lungs, resolves Phlegm and stops coughing

  • Lung Heat or Cold
  • Productive or non-productive coughing

Moderates spasms and alleviates pain

  • Painful muscle spasms of the abdomen and legs

Clears Heat and relieves Fire toxicity

  • Raw for Toxic Heat with sore throat or carbuncles and sores (Chuang Yung)

Antidote for many toxic substances (internal and topical)

  • Poisoning

Moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs and guides the herbs to all twelve channels

  • Lesson harsh and toxic nature of other herbs
  • Protect Middle Jiao
  • Regulate Temperate
  • Enhance overall effects of a formula
  • Contraindicated in those with Excess Dampness with nausea, vomiting and abdominal fullness.
  • Contraindicated in those who frequently drink wine.
  • Contraindicated in those who have hypertension, edema, hyperglycemic conditions, osteoporosis and general Excess secretions.
  • Large doses (over 35 gm during a one week period) can create a sodium/potassium imbalance in the blood creating edema and heart palpitations.