Gan Cao
甘草 gān cǎo, "sweet herb"

Category: Tonify Qi  Browse

Is this Herb effective in the clinic? +2 Log in to vote Log in to vote
Herb Image   Plant Image
Pinyin Pronunciation:
Tastes
Tastes:
Sweet  Browse
Dosage
Dosage:
1.5-9g; when a large dosage is required, from 15-3
Cautions
Cautions:
Contraindicated in those with distention and fullness of the chest and abdomen or vomiting from overabundant dampness. See Toxicity.
Meridians
Meridians:
Lung , Urinary Bladder , Heart , Spleen , Liver , Kidney , Stomach , Pericardium , San Jiao (Triple Burner) , Large Intestine , Small Intestine , Gall Bladder , Ren Mai (Conception Vessel) , Du Mai (Governing Vessel)  Browse
Preparation
Preparation:
No preparation data at this time
Quality
Quality:
Good quality has a think and tight, reddish brown cork, a solid and heavy cortex, and a yellowish white and powdery surface on cross section. Roots with a rough, greyish brown surface, loose texture, and a dark yellow surface on cross section are of inferior quality. Brownish black roots with a yellowish brown surface on cross section and a bitter taste should not be used. The peeled product is considered to be of better quality.
Reference Source
Reference Source:
Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica  Browse
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica (3rd edition) ('Bensky')  Browse
Notes
Notes:
Principally enters the Heart, Lung, Spleen, and Stomach
Formulas
Formulas (131)
Family:
Fabaceae (Leguminosae, Papilionoidaceae)  Browse

Alternate Names:
Pharmaceutical: Radix Glycyrrhizae; Glycyrrhizae Radix
Botanical:
Japanese: kanzō
Korean: kamcho
Common: licorice root
 
Temperature:  Neutral (when raw) , Warm (when dryfried)  Browse