Pueraria ( 葛根 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name


Pinyin Mandarin Name

Ge Gen

Common English Name

Kudzu Root

Part of Plant Used





Sweet, acrid

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat shoulder and neck tightness, fever, sore throat, thirst, sinus congestion, and headache (TCM: exterior ailments); also used to treat diabetic syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (TCM: deficient Fluids), and high blood pressure with upper-back tightness and headache.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Releases muscles and clears Heat; nourishes Fluids and alleviates thirst; encourages the rash of measles to surface; alleviates diarrhea.

Common Formulas Used In

Pueraria Combination

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Use caution where there is excessive sweating or a sensation of coldness in the Stomach.

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