Pinyin Name: Ge Gen
English Name: Radix Puerariae
Other Names: Fen Ge, Gan Gen, Kudzu Root, Pueraria
Tastes: Acrid, Sweet, Neutral
Origin: Hunan, Henan, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces in China
Benefits of Ge Gen:
Ge Gen is native to Eastern Asia and China. It is collected in autumn or winter. Ge Gen covers meridians of spleen, stomach, lung and bladder. Main functions are resolving the flesh to bring down a fever, relieving muscles for promoting the eruption, helping produce saliva to slake thirst. Common uses are exogenous fever, headache and painful stiff nape, initial stage of measles, inhibition of rash eruption, thirst in febrile diseases, diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, hypertension, coronary heart disease and more. Recommended dosage is from 10 to 15 grams.
Ge Gen is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Ge Gen Qin Lian Tang is designed for heat dysentery and heat or splenasthenic diarrhea. Its ingredient herbs include Ge Gen, Huang Lian, Huang Qin and Gan Cao. 2) Ge Gen Tang is formulated for common cold due to wind-cold, exterior excess without sweating, aversion to cold and stiff neck. Its ingredient herbs include Ge Gen, Ma Huang, Gui Zhi and more. 3) Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang is mainly used for inhibition of rash eruption. Its ingredient herbs include Ge Gen, Sheng Ma, Shao Yao, Gan Cao and more. 4) Tian Hua San is used for thirst in heat diseases and diabetes. Its ingredient herbs include Ge Gen, Tian Hua Fen, Shu Di Huang, Mai Men Dong and more.