Pinyin Name: Gou Ji
English Name: Rhizoma Cibotii Barometz
Other Names: Cibota, Cibotum
Tastes: Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Origin: Fujian, Sichuan, Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces in China
Benefits of Gou Ji:
Gou Ji covers meridians of liver, kidney, heart and bladder. Main functions are removing wind and dampness, toning up waist and feet, lubricating joint. Common uses and indications are kidney deficiency-induced lumbago and stiff back, weak and feeble feet and knee, pain in rheumatoid arthritis, frequent urination and more. Recommended dosage is from 10 to 15 grams.
Gou Ji is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Go Ji Wan is used for five kinds of lumbago. Its ingredient herbs include Gou Ji, Bi Xie and Tu Si Zi. 2) Si Bao Dan is formulated for all wind-induced syndromes such as wandering arthritis and hemiplegia in both men and women. Its ingredient herbs include Gou Ji, Su Mu Jie and Wu Tou. 3) Gou Ji Yin is used for liver-kidney deficiency accompanied with low back pain and stiff back. Its ingredient herbs include Gou Ji, Du Zhong, Xu Duan, Hai Feng Teng and more.