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Lesser Galangal Rhizome

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 Lesser Galangal Rhizome

Lesser Galangal Rhizome is the dried rhizome of Alpinia officinarum Hance (Fam. Zingiberaceae).The drug is collected at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn,removed from fibrous root and remaining leaf scales,washed clean,cut into sections and dried in the sun.

Action: To dispel cold from the stomach, to promote digestion and to relieve pain.

Indications: Epigastric pain with cold sensation; vomiting, belching and acid regurgitation due to cold in the stomach.

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Clove

Clove

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.

Cloves are harvested primarily in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The clove tree is an evergreen that grows to a height ranging from 8–12 m, having large leaves and sanguine flowers in numerous groups of terminal clusters.

The flower buds are at first of a pale color and gradually become green, after which they develop into a bright red, when they are ready for collecting.

Cloves are harvested when 1.5–2 cm long, and consist of a long calyx, terminating in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals which form a small ball in the center.

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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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