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Gan Cao (Chinese Licorice)

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Herbs that Tonify Qi.

Tonifies the Spleen and augments Qi:

• Spleen Qi Deficiency with shortness of breath, lassitude and loose stools
• Qi and Blood Deficiency with an irregular pulse and/or palpitations
• Heart Qi Deficiency or Heart Yang Deficiency

Moistens the Lungs, resolves Phlegm and coughing:

• Lung Heat or Cold
• Productive or non-productive coughing
• Painful muscle spasms of the abdomen and legs

Clears Heat and relieves Fire toxicity:

• Raw for Toxic Heat with sore throat or carbuncles and sores (Chuang Yung)

Antidote for many toxic substances (internal and topical):

• Poisoning

Moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs and guides the herbs to all twelve channels:

• Lesson harsh and toxic nature of other herbs
• Protect Middle Jiao
• Regulate Temperately
• Enhance overall effects of a formula


• Contraindicated in those with Excess Dampness with nausea, vomiting and abdominal fullness
• Contraindicated in those who frequently drink wine
• Contraindicated in those who have hypertension, edema, hyperglycemic conditions, osteoporosis and general Excess secretions
• Large doses (over 35 gm during a one week period) can create a sodium/potassium imbalance in the blood creating edema and heart palpitations

Suggested Use: For adult, take 1 gram (about one tea spoon) each time with warm water, 2 times a day or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.