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Ge Gen (Pueraria, Kudzu Root)

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Cool Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae)
Ye Ge Gen (Peureria Lobata)
Sweet, Spicy, Cool
Radix Puerariae
Tone Marks:
gé gēn


  • Releases the Muscles and Disperses Wind-Heat
    For external pathogens lodged in the muscles causing tightness and stiffness in upper back and neck, fever, and headache.
  • Generates Fluids and Stops Thirst
    Used when stomach heat causes thirst, especially due to Wind-Heat invasion.
  • Promotes the Expression of Measles
  • Stops Diarrhea and Dysentery
    Can be used when diarrhea or dysentery occur due to heat. Also used for diarrhea occurring from Spleen deficiency if combined with other herbs.
  • Reduces Symptoms of Hypertension
    Treats headache, dizziness, paresthesias, or tinnitus as a result of hypertension.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Caution in patients with excessive sweating, or stomach cold.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

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


  • 6-12 grams.
  • Part used: root.


  • Roasting herb until it turns a yellow color will reduce its cooling action, (used this way for spleen deficiency)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: