Source Gentiana Macrophylla Root is the dried root of Gentiana m acrophylki Pall, and G. dahurica Fisch., (Fam. Gentianaceae.)
Producing Areas Shaanxi, Gansu, Inner Mongolia and Sichuan, etc.
Properties Spicy, Bitter, Neutral
Channels Liver, Stomach, Gall Bladder
- Dispels wind-dampness, opens the channels, relaxes the sinews
Treats all types of pain and cramp in the extremities including hot, cold, acute and chronic.
- Clears asthenic heat
It is the only wind-dispelling herb that is not dry. For afternoon fever, low-grade fever, post-febrile disease, ‘steaming’ bone disorder.
- Relieves jaundice due to dampness-heat
- Moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowels
For dry constipation.
Usage and Dosage
3-9 g is used in decoction for oral use.
Keep in a ventilated, dry place and protect from mould.
Use with caution in the person with loose stool due to deficiency of the spleen.
Description of Quality Herb
The good one is compact, brownish yellow in and strongly fragrant.
Identifying Qinjiao and Longdancao (Radix Gentianae)
Similarities: Both can expel dampness, relieve fever and treat jaundice of dampness-heat type.
Differences: Qinjiao can expel wind and dampness without consumption of body fluid. It is for Bi-syndrome of wind-dampness type, hectic fever, heat in women due to pregnancy, and heat of infantile malnutrition. Longdancao is extremely bitter and cold, and indicated for hyperactivity of liver-fire.