Platycodon ( 橘梗 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Platycodi Grandiflori

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Ju Geng

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used





Bitter, acrid

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Stomach

Common Usages

This neutral herb is used in many cold and flu formulas to enhance expectoration and expel pus from abscesses in Lungs or throat; also used to treat laryngitis (TCM: Lung or skin imbalances; hot or cold conditions).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Circulates Lung Qi and expels Phlegm; promotes Yin; promotes discharge of pus; benefits throat; directs the effect of other herbs upward; tonifies and sedates.

Common Formulas Used In

Agastache; Fritillaria Extract Tablet; Ginseng and Atractylodes; Ginseng and Zizyphus; Lonicera and Forsythia; Xanthium and Magnolia.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is Blood in the sputum (as in tuberculosis). Do not use in large quantities, as it may cause nausea and vomiting.

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