Uncaria ( 钩藤 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Uncariae Cum Uncis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Gou Teng

Common English Name

Gambir

Part of Plant Used

Stems and thorns

Nature

Cool

Taste

Sweet

Meridians Entered

Liver, Heart

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas that treat high blood pressure, headaches, red eyes, irritability and dizziness (TCM: Liver Yang rising); also has been found useful in treating tremors, seizures, and Blood toxicity during pregnancy or childbirth (TCM: Liver heat with internal Liver wind).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Extinguishes wind and alleviates spasms; quells heat and pacifies Liver; releases exterior.

Common Formulas Used In

Leonuris and Achyranthes

Processing Required

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Remarks

When preparing as a tea, add Uncaria last.

Cautions in Use

None



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