Gastrodia ( 天麻 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Part of Plant Used
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.
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.