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Chinese Gentian (Longdancao)

 Chinese Gentian (Longdancao)

Chinese Gentian is the dried root and rhizome of Gentiana Manshurica Kitag.The drug is collected in spring and autumn.

Pharmaceutical Name:

Radix Gentianae

Botanical Name:

Gentiana scabra Bge.
Gentiana triflora Pall.
Gentiana manshurica Kitag.

Common Name:

Chinese Gentian

Source of Earliest Record:

Shennong Bencao Jing

Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:

The roots, or rhizomes, are gathered in autumn , dried in the sun and cut into pieces.

Properties and Taste:

Bitter and cold

Meridian:

Liver, gall bladder and stomach

Functions:

To clear heat and dry dampness
To reduce fire in the liver

Indications and Combinations:

1. Damp-heat syndrome:

a) Damp-heat jaundice .
*Use with Oriental wormwood (Yinchenhao) and Capejasmine (Zhizi) .

b) Damp-heat leukorrhea manifested as pain and swelling in the genitals and eczema.
*Use with Phellodendron bark (Huangbai), Flavescent sophora root (Kushen) and Plantain seed (Cheqianzi).

2. Upward attack of liver fire manifested as headache, distending sensation in the head, red eyes, deafness and pain in the coastal regions.
*Use with Scutellaria root (Huangqin), Capejasmine (Zhizi), Bupleurum root (Chaihu) and Clematis stem (Mutong).

3. Fever, spasms and convulsions.
*Used with Uncaria stem (Gouteng) and Ox gallstone (Niuhuang).

Dosage:

3-10 g

Cautions:

This herb is contraindicated in cases with weakness and cold in the spleen and stomach.

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Amur Corktree Bark Extract

Amur Corktree Bark Extract

English Name: Cortex Phellodendri Extract
Amur Corktree Bark Extract
Latin name: Phellodendron amurense Rupr.
Part used: bark
Amur Corktree Bark Extract
Latin name: Phellodendron amurense Rupr.
Part used: bark
Appearance: yellow or yellow brown powder
Test Method: UV
molecular formula : C20H18ClNO4•2H2O
molecular weight: 371.81
Storage Situation: Stored in a cool and dry well-closed container, keep away from moisture and strong light / heat.
Shelf Life: Two years under well Storage situation and stored away from direct sun light.
Action: To remove damp-heat, quench fire, counteract toxicity, and relieve consumptive fever.
Cortex Phellodendri (processed with salt): To nourish yin and reduce fire.
Indications: Dysentery, jaunice and morbid leukorrhea caused by damp-heat; urinary infection; weakness and edema of legs; consumptive fever and night sweating; seminal emission; sores and skin infection with local redness and swelling; eczema with itching.
Cortex Phellodendri (processed with salt): Night sweating and consumptive fever due to exuberant fire secondary to deficiency of yin.
Usage: Appropriate quantity for external use.

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