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Gou Teng San

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Pin Ying Name: Gou Teng San

English Name: Gambir Decoction

Chinese Name: 鉤藤散

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Ram. cum Uncis Uncariae Gou Teng

Extinguishes Wind, alleviates spasms, drains Liver Heat and pacifies Liver Yang.

Rx. Ginseng Ren Shen

Tonifies Qi, generates Body Fluids, stops thirst, tonifies Heart Qi and calms the Spirit.

Poria Fu Ling

Promotes urination, leaches out Dampness, strengthens the Spleen and transforms Phlegm.

With Zhi Ban Xia, for Phlegm, thin mucus and turbid Dampness. With Zhi Ban Xia, Sheng Jiang and Chen Pi, for congested fluids in the Stomach causing nausea and vomiting.

Poria Pararadicis Fu Shen

Quiets the Heart, calms the Spirit and soothes the nerves.

Rx. Ophiopogonis Mai Men Dong

Nourishes Lung and Stomach Yin, generates Fluids, clears the Heart and eliminates irritability.

Per. Citri Reticulatae Chen Pi

Regulates Qi, adjusts the Middle, relieves the diaphragm, dries Dampness, transforms Phlegm and descends Qi.

With Sheng Jiang, for vomiting and hiccups due to Disharmony of the Stomach Qi and Cold-Dampness Obstructing the Middle with nausea and hiccup. With Zhi Ban Xia, for a stifling sensation in the chest and cough with excessive white, viscous sputum due to Phlegm-Damp Obstruction. With Zhi Ban Xia and Fu Ling , for a cough due to accumulation of Dampness and Phlegm.

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia

Dries Dampness, transforms Phlegm, descends Rebellious Qi and stops vomiting.

Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng

Expels Internal Wind and stops spasms.

Flos Chrysanthemi Ju Hua

Calms the Liver, clears the eyes, calms Liver Yang, extinguishes Wind, promotes the movement of Heart Qi and Blood and stimulates Blood circulation.

With Fang Feng, for Wind-Heat irritating the Exterior with slight chills, mild fever, headache and itchy eyes.

Gypsum Fibrosum Shi Gao

Clears Heat in the Qi Stage, drains Fire, relieves irritability and quenches thirst.

With Ren Shen and Mai Men Dong, for Excess Heat with Qi and Yin Deficiency.

Rz. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang

Normalizes the flow of Qi at the center and reduces the toxicity of other herbs.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao
Formula Actions
  • Clears Heat from the Liver channel
  • Descends Liver Yang
  • Extinguishes Liver Wind
  • Transforms Phlegm
  • Strengthens the Spleen
  • Enriches fluids
  • Liver Excess
  • Wind-Phlegm with Qi and Yin Deficiency
Clinical Manifestations
  • Marked emotional changes and behavior
  • Irritability
  • A feeling of Qi rushing upward
  • Red eyes
  • Headache - lasts all day
  • Tinnitus
  • Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flushes
  • Anorexia
  • A feeling of distention and oppression below the Heart
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Muscle spasms in the shoulders, neck and back
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • T: Red edges
  • C: Greasy
  • P: Soft and wiry and maybe rapid
  • Hypertension
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Cerebral infarction
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Palpitations
  • Stroke
  • Deafness
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Meniere's disease
  • Neurosis
  • Chronic nephritis
  • Tinnitus
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Aphasia

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