Ge Gen (Pueraria, Kudzu Root)

Ge Gen (Pueraria, Kudzu Root)

Herb 6 of 12 in Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Cool Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae)
Photo Note:
Ye Ge Gen (Peureria Lobata)
Sweet, Spicy, Cool
Radix Puerariae
Tone Marks:
gé gēn
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

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

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 6-12 grams.
  • Part used: root.

Chinese Herb Notes

  • 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:

References Used

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