Ge Gen Tang (Kudzu Decoction)

Ge Gen Tang (Kudzu Decoction)

Formula 16 of 25 in Formulas that Release the Exterior

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Release Early-Stage Exterior Disorders

Pattern:

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

Actions:

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

Indications:

  • 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

There are 7 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Ge Gen (Pueraria, Kudzu Root)
Quantity = 12 grams
Cool Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae)
Photo Note:
Ye Ge Gen (Peureria Lobata)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Spicy, Cool
Latin:
Radix Puerariae
Chinese:
葛根
Tone Marks:
gé gēn
Ma Huang (Ephedra Stem)
Quantity = 9 grams
Warm Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Channels:
LU, BL
Properties:
Spicy, Slightly Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Herba Ephedrae
Chinese:
麻黄
Tone Marks:
má huáng
Translation:
Hemp Yellow
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig)
Quantity = 6 grams
Warm Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Channels:
HT, LU, BL
Properties:
Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Chinese:
桂枝
Tone Marks:
guì zhī
Bai Shao (White Peony Root)
Quantity = 6 grams
Cool Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Channels:
LIV, SP
Properties:
Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin:
Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chinese:
白芍
Tone Marks:
bái sháo
Alt Names:
Bai Shao Yao
Translation:
White Peony
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome)
Quantity = 9 grams
Warm Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm
Latin:
uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Chinese:
生姜
Tone Marks:
shēng jiāng
Da Zao (Date, Jujube)
Quantity = 12 pieces
Warm Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Chinese:
大枣
Tone Marks:
dà zăo
Alt Names:
Hong Zao, Hei Da Zao, Hei Zao
Translation:
Big Date
Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
Quantity = 6 grams
Neutral Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Properties:
Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
甘草
Tone Marks:
gān căo
Alt Names:
Guo Lao
Translation:
Sweet Herb, Sweet Grass

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