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Chinese Herbs

Gan Cao

Gan Cao

[aka: Radix Glycyrrhizae or Sweet Herb, Sweet Grass]

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Taste & Temp: Sweet, Neutral

Channels Entered: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)

Herb Category: Tonify Qi

Actions and Indications

Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).

Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).

Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).

Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).

Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).

Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.

Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).

Western Health Description

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