Gastrodia ( 天麻 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Gastrodia Elatae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Tian Ma

Common English Name

Gastrodia

Part of Plant Used

Root

Nature

Neutral

Taste

Sweet

Meridians Entered

Liver

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat spasms, convulsions, paralysis, numbness, cramping, and/or dizziness (TCM: Liver-wind imbalances and symptoms).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Pacifies Liver and extinguishes wind; extinguishes wind and alleviates pain; disperses painful obstructions.

Common Formulas Used In

Cerebral Tonic Pills; Leonuris and Achyranthes.

Processing Required

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Remarks

Gastrodia is usually combined with other herbs to enhance their specific warming or cooling actions as appropriate to particular symptoms. Given the seriousness of many of these symptoms, consultation with a practitioner is recommended.

Cautions in Use

Use with caution where there are deficient-Yin symptoms.



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