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Gao Ben (Straw Weed, Chinese Lovage Root)

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Warm Gao Ben (Radix et Rhizoma Ligustici Chinensis)
Spicy, Warm
Radix et Rhizoma Ligustici Chinensis
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găo bĕn
Ligusticum root


  • Expels Wind-Cold and Stops Headache
    Used especially for vertex headache, or headache that travels from the vertex to the cheeks and teeth.
  • Expels Wind and Stops Pain
    For joint pain, arthritic pain, and abdominal pain due to wind and cold.
  • Treats Both Ends of the Du Mai
    Can treat acute lower back pain from exterior Wind-Cold invasion.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • This herb is very drYing, caution in patient's with Yin or blood Deficiency.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 3-9 grams.
  • Part Used: root and rhizome.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: