钩藤 Gōu téng-
"Hooked vine" Gambir
Vine Family: Rubiaceae FLAVOR:Sweet, pleasant, Slightly bitter
FUNCTIONS GROUP: Endogenous Wind-(Anticonvulsives)
2. Clear Heat. Clears fevers.
3. Calm Down Liver. Soothes the Liver.
4. Bring down blood pressure.
5. Stops gas (flatus) formation.
6. Releives convulsions. INDICATIONS
1. Dizziness.[1,2] Vertigo.
2. Convulsions in children.[1,2] Hypertension.[1,2] COMBINATIONS - Internal Wind caused by Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency: Nourishes
Liver and Kidney Yin, nourishes Blood to improve vision, brings down Internal
Wind and calms Liver Rehmannia
Combination for vision- Ming mu di huang wan. - Internal Wind due to Hyperactivity of Liver Yang:Calms
the Liver, extinguishes internal Wind, clears Heat, tonifies the Liver and Kidney,
calms the ShenGastrodia
& Gambir- Tian ma gou teng wan. - Disturbance of the Shen due to heat, Qi stagnation with accumulation
in the Stomach and Intestines:Clear Heat and soothes irritability,
calms the Shen and alleviates fright, regulates the Stomach and Intestines and
& Poria- Xiao er ning ye chong ji. Yin Deficiency with hyperactitiy
of Yang:Tonifies and nourishes the Liver and Kidney, subdude
Yang hyperactitiy, extinguishes internal Wind, promotes diuresisAchyranthes
& Cassia-Yang jin jiang ya fang. Rebellious Liver Qi attacking the Spleen and counterflowering upward:
Calms the Rebellious ascent of Liver Qi, promotes circulation
of Liver Qi and Blood, Extinguishes Liver WindBupleurum
Combination- Yi gan san. PREPARATIONS:Decoction- Curved thorns on stem 9-15 g - Do not overcook.
Dry branch 6-12 g.
HABITAT: Grows wild in valleys and on
slopes. DESCRIPTION: Climbing shrub. Stem; smooth, non-pubescent, small branches
rounded-oblong. Leaves; opposite, ovate or oval, apexes acute, bases cuneate,
margins intact or slightly undulate, with singly curved or doubly-curved thorns
growing from axils. Flowers; in late summer, small terminal or axillary yellowish-green
flowers appear to form capitulum inflorescences. Capsule spindle-shaped, winged. References
 Barefoot Doctor's Manual - 1977 Prepared by the Revolutionary Health Committee
of Hunan Province. Original Chinese manual- Victor W. Sidel. Originally published
by Dr Joseph Quin and the Fogarty International centre, Bethdesda (1974). Madrona
Publishers Seattle Washington ISBN 0-914842-52-8
 A Complete English Dictionary of Medicinal Terms in Chinese Acupuncture and
Herbalism 1981 - Henry Lu Chinese Foundations of Natural Health- The Academy of
Oriental Heritage, Vancouver, Canada. Images
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