Gentiana Macro ( 秦艽 ) ...Chinese Herb

Latin Plant Name

Gentiana Macrophyllae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Qin Jiao

Common English Name

Gentiana Macro

Part of Plant Used





Bitter, acrid

Meridians Entered

Liver, Stomach, Gall bladder

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat arthritis, jaundice, and chronic low-grade fevers, especially if there is constipation due to dryness (TCM: damp wind in joints; damp heat; deficient Yin).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Expels wind dampness; removes deficient heat; removes jaundice; moistens Intestines and moves stool.

Common Formulas Used In

Clematis and Stephania; Tu-Huo and Eucommia.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is frequent urination, chronic pain with consistent weight loss, or Spleen-deficiency diarrhea with a weak constitution.

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