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Gan Cao
Licorice Root, Raw
Gan Cao

Licorice Root, Raw<br> Gan Cao
#4812C Licorice Root, Raw
Gan Cao
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Plum Flower Licorice Root
Gan Cao

Pinyin Name: Gan Cao
English Name: Licorice Root
Properties: sweet, neutral
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach, Lung and Heart

Palpitations, irregular pulse, intermittent pulse, disturbed sleep, unstable emotions, nourishing the heart, dry cough, moistening the lungs, wheezing, pain relief, diarrhea, dysentary, hypochonriac pain, epigastric pain, stomach ulcer, leg cramps from blood deficiency, sores, swellings, red lesions, eczema and itching, burns, frostbite, sore throat; poisoning from herbicides, pesticides, drugs, heavy metals, lead and arsenic to name a few are some of the conditions satisfied clients have successfully used this formula for.

Primary Traditional Functions
Tonifies Spleen, Benefits Qi

  • Spleen and Stomach deficiencies

Palpitations, arrhythmia and intermittent pulse

  • Qi and blood deficiency of the Heart
  • Palpitations with irregular or intermittent pulse

Zang Zao (dry organ) disorder

  • Heart deficiency and Liver qi stagnation with a wan appearance, disturbed sleep and emotional instability
  • Tonifies qi, nourishes the Heart and harmonizes the middle burner
  • Zang Zao disorder with Spirit disturbance

Moistens the Lung, Stops Cough

  • Cough or dyspnea
  • Moistens the Lung, nourishes qi, dispels phlegm and stops cough
  • Neutral and mild, it benefits coughing and wheezing of various etiologies, including cold and heat, and deficiency or excess, with or without phlegm
  • Wei (atrophy) syndrome of the Lung and chronic cough
  • Cough and wheezing cause by wind cold
  • Cough and wheezing due to Lung heat
  • Cough and wheezing due to Lung cold with sputum
  • Cough and wheezing because of dryness

Relieves Pain

  • Epigastric, abdominal, musculoskeletal and smooth muscle pain and cramps
  • Abdominal pain due to deficiency and cold of the middle burner
  • Diarrhea, dysentery and abdominal pain caused by damp heat
  • Hypochondriac pain due to Liver qi stagnation
  • Epigastric pain due to stomach ulcer
  • Leg cramps due to blood deficiency

Clears Heat, Eliminates Toxins

  • Sores, swellings and carbuncles - use internally or topically
  • Uncomplicated sores or lesions
  • Erysipelas
  • Red lesions with eczema and itching
  • Yang sores with redness, swelling and pain
  • Yin sores with dark purplish appearance
  • Burns
  • Frostbite

Sore Throat

  • Sore throat with redness, swelling and pain
  • Sore throat with redness, swelling and pus

Treats Poisoning

  • Including but not limited to food, herbs, herbicides, pesticides, drugs and heavy metals
  • Lead poisoning
  • Arsenic poisoning

Harmonizes Other Herbs

  • Harmonizes and moderates the harsh or adverse effects of other herbs, keeping them from damaging the middle burner
  • Neutralizes the toxicity of Fu Zi
  • Controls the warm property of Gan Jiang (Ginger) to prevent damage to the yin
  • Prevents cold properties of Shi Gao and Zhi Mu from damaging the Stomach
  • Reduces the initial drastic purgative effect of Da Huang and Mang Xiao and prolongs the overall duration of effect
  • Reduces the initial peak effect of Dang Shen, Bai Zhu,Shu Di Huang, and Dang Qui and prolongs the overall tonic effect
  • Use with cold and hot herbs such as Pinelliae, Ginger, Coptis and Scutellaria to harmonize the effect of the overall combination

Concentration: 5:1

Typical Usage of Concentrated Extract
1 to 2 grams (maximum 3-6 grams) per day or as directed by your health practitioner. Used in decoction, powder, pills or syrup; internally or externally. Raw Gan Cao more strongly purges fire, eliminates toxins, moistens the Lung and stops cough. It is commonly used to treat throat soreness and pain, various infections with formation of pus and abscess, cough with hot phlegm and food or drug poisoning. Honey processed Gan Cao has a sweeter taste and warmer nature to tonify Spleen, benefit qi, moisten the Lung and stop cough. It is stronger than raw Gan Cao to tonify qi.

Cautions & Contraindications

  • Sweet in nature, it creates dampness and is therefore contraindicated in cased of nausea, vomiting, chest and abdominal fullness and distention due to accumulation of dampness
  • Incompatible with Gan Sui (Euphorbiae), Da Ji Euphorbiae seu Knoxiae), Yuan Hua (Flos Genkwa) and Hai Zao (Sargassum)
  • Large doses or chronic use of Gan Cao are contraindicated in cases of edema, kidney disorders, hypokalemia, hypertension and congestive heart failure
  • Overdose or chronic use of Gan Cao may cause edema, elevated blood pressure, weak extremities, numbness, sodium retention, potassium loss, dizziness and headache

Each bottle contains 100 grams. Contains non-gmo dextrin.

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