Gancao

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Tonify Qi
01-TQ-05

Renshen / Dangshen / Huangqi / Baizhu / Gancao / Shanyao

Rx Glycyrrhizae Uralensis / Gancao


CHINESE: GANCAO
LATIN: Rx Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
ENGLISH: Licorice
TRIVIAL: Licorice

CATEGORY: Tonify Qi
Properties: Sweet. Neutral (raw), warm (dry-fried)
Channels: All 12 channels; principally Upper and Middle Jiao


ACTIONS
Affects especially Upper- and Middle Jiao. Tonifies Sp and augments Qi. Moistens Lu, stops cough. Clears Heat, relieves toxicity. Alleviates pain, moderates spasms. Moderates/harmonizes characteristics of other herbs, it is therefore sometimes mentioned a "messenger-herb".
Rx Glycyrrhizae Uralensis/Gancao slightly tonifies, when it enters the Sp it creates Dampness, tends to stop when it enters the meridians. Anti-diuretic.


INDICATIONS
Sp xu, shortness of breath, lassitude, loose stools, coughing and wheezing, either Heat or Cold in the Lu. Pain-reduction especially abdomen and legs. Enters all 12 meridians; it leads and conducts other herbs into the channels.


CONTRA-INDICATIONS
Excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
Incompatible with Rx Euphorbiae seu Knoxiae/Jingdaji, Fl Daphnes Genkwa/Yuanhua, Rx Euphorbiae Kansui/Gansui, H Sargassii/Haizao.
Antagonizes Rx Polygalae/Yuanzhi.


TEXTUAL LINKED BY
Concha Ostrea/Muli


FORMULAS
Ba Zhen Tang
Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Ding Chuan Tang
Gui Pi Tang
Huang Lian Tang
Liu Jun Zi Tang
Ma Huang Tang
Shi Quan Da Bu Tang
Xin Yi San

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