Gelatinum Asini ( 阿胶 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Gelatinum Asini

Pinyin Mandarin Name

E Jiao

Common English Name

Gelatin from the skin of an Ass

Part of Plant Used

Prepared gelatin





Meridians Entered

Lungs, Liver, Kidneys

Common Usages

This herb is used to stop chronic bleeding and enhance recovery from excessive bleeding. It is most often used in formulas that treat anemia, tuberculosis, dry cough with bloody sputum, bleeding fibroids, and endometriosis; also used to raise blood platelet count, and to stop bleeding and spotting during pregnancy (TCM: builds Lung Yin and nourishes Blood).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Nourishes Blood; nourishes Blood and stops bleeding; nourishes Yin and moistens Lungs.

Common Formulas Used In

Leonuris and Achyranthes.

Processing Required



Dissolve the gelatin in warm water before adding it to tea, or use alone after straining.

Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is an exterior excess condition. Use with caution if there is deficent Spleen and/or Stomach.

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