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Gou Teng

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Name: Uncaria Stems with Hooks (鉤藤)

Pinyin: Gou Teng

Pharm. Name: Ramulus Uncariae Cum Uncis

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Sweet

Extinguish wind and stop spasm, clear liver heat and pacify liver.

Pericardium Liver, Heart

6-16g

 

Description:

The dry stem and branch with hooks of perennial herb U. rhynchophylla. It has moderate actions of extinguishing wind and stopping spasm, and clearing liver heat, so it is usually indicated for stirring of liver wind, convulsive epilepsy and convulsions, especially for generation of wind by extreme heat and infantile convulsions due to high fever. It can both clear liver heat and pacify liver yang, so it is usually indicated for fullness sensation of head, headache and dizziness due to up-flaming of liver fire or hyperactivity of liver yang. For up-invading of liver fire, it is often combined with herbs to clear liver heat and purge liver fire.

 

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