03-21-2011, 01:05 PM
Gentiana Root (龙胆草)
Chinese gentian, gentian, Long dan cao, gentian root
Cholagogue, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic.
This herb is used for inflammatory conditions associated with jaundice, itching, herpes virus, leukorrhea, venereal diseases, hepatitis, cholecystitis, and hypertension. Symptoms can include fever, headache, restlessness, abdominal pain, sore throat, bitter mouth taste, flank pain, and redness of the conjunctiva of the eyes.
This herb should not be used by those with diarrhea caused by spleen/stomach deficiency or by persons without true damp heat symptoms.
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