Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Gentian

The Wonky Pot Apothecary

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Botanical Name: Gentiana lutea, Gentiana scabra
Gentiana acaulis L. Gentiana purpurea, Gentiana pannoica, Gentiana punctata and Gentiana acaulis are smaller European gentians with similar medicinal properties and are used arbitrarily with each other and with Gentiana lutea.

Family Name: Gentianaceae

Other Common Names: Yellow and pale gentian, bitter root, feltwort, bitterwort, gall weed, stemless gentian (Gentiana acaulis L.)

TCM Name: Long Dan Cao, Qin Jiao

Also Known As: Long Dan Cao – Lung Tan, Long Dan Cao translates as “Dragon’s gall.” Qin Jiao – Qin Jiao: Chin-chiu.

Meridians: Long Dan Cao – Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach. Qin Jiao – Gallbladder, Liver, Stomach.

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Long Dan Cao – Drains Damp-Heat from Liver and Gall Bladder channels: red swollen sore throat and eyes, swollen ears, sudden deafness, Jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital area, foul-smelling vaginal discharge and itching…

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