Gentiana Scabra
( 龙胆草 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Gentianae Scabrae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Long Dan Cao

Common English Name

Chinese Gentian

Part of Plant Used






Meridians Entered

Liver, Stomach, Gallbladder, Bladder

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat bloodshot eyes or conjunctivitis, bitter taste in mouth, high blood pressure, acute urinary infection, testicular and vaginal pain, leukorrhea, swelling, fever, spasms, and/or ear imbalances (TCM: Lower Burner damp heat and fire in Liver or Gallbladder Channels).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Drains damp heat from Liver and Gallbladder Channels; drains and pacifies excessive Liver fire.

Common Formulas Used In


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Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is a deficient Spleen and Stomach pattern with diarrhea, or where there is no true heat, dampness, or fire symptoms.

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