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Ge Gen Tang (Kudzu Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Release Early-Stage Exterior Disorders


  • Excess Wind-Cold
  • Simultaneous Tai Yang and Yang Ming Syndromes


  • Promotes sweating to dispel Wind Cold and release the exterior
  • Generates fluids and releases the muscle layer.


  • Chills and fever without sweating, aversion to cold
  • Rigid or stiff neck and upper back muscles.
  • Possible diarrhea or nausea, irritability or insomnia, or headache with mixed Tai Yang and Yang Ming syndromes.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Normal to slightly red tongue with a thin white coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating and tight pulse

Western Uses:

  • Common Cold
  • Influenza
  • Stomach Flu
  • Acute Cervical Myositis
  • Headache
  • Stiff Neck
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Urticaria
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Early Stage Polio or Encephalitis

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Use cautiously in cases with hypertension

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Stomach, Spleen, Lungs, Bladder, Heart, Liver

Substances in this Formula (7 Total):

Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae)
Ge Gen (Pueraria, Kudzu Root) 葛根
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Cool
Latin: Radix Puerariae
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Ma Huang (Ephedra Stem) 麻黄
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Bitter, Warm
Latin: Herba Ephedrae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig) 桂枝
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: HT, LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Da Zao (Date, Jujube) 大枣
Qty: 12 pieces
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi

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