Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan - Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

Chinese Name: Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan
English Name: Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula

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Individual Chinese Herbs In This Formula:


  • Fu Ling
  • Herb Functions
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat.
    • Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Quiets the heart and calms the spirit - palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness.

  • Contraindications
    • Avoid Vinegar While Using This Herb.

  • Gou Teng
  • Herb Functions
    • Extinguishes wind and alleviates spasms - spasms, muscle tremors, seizures.
    • Drains liver heat and pacifies liver yang - headaches, irritability, red eyes, dizziness.
    • Releases the exterior - fever, headaches, red eyes.

  • Huang Qin
  • Herb Functions
    • Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-heat in the stomach or intestines, diarrhea, dysentery; damp warm-febrile disease with fever, stifling sensation in the chest, thirst with no desire to drink; damp-heat in the lower jiao - lin syndrome; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Clears heat, stops bleeding - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool.
    • Clears heat, calms the fetus - restless fetus due to heat.
    • Sedates liver yang rising - headache, irritability, red eyes, bitter taste, flushed face.

  • Shi Jue Ming
  • Herb Functions
    • Drains liver fire, descends rising yang - headache, dizziness, red eyes.
    • Liver heat disturbing the vision - photophobia, pterygium, visual obstruction.

  • Tian Ma
  • Herb Functions
    • Calms the liver, extinguishes liver wind from either heat or cold patterns - spasms, tremors, headache, epilepsy, numbness, dizziness, wind-stroke, childhood convulsion, can be used for problems due to heat or blood deficiency.
    • Extinguishes wind, alleviates pain - headache, dizziness, migraine headaches that occur with wind-phlegm patterns, hemiplegia, dizziness, numbness.
    • Disperse painful obstruction due to wind phlegm - numbness and pain of the lower back and extremities.

  • Wu Jia Pi
  • Herb Functions
    • Dispels wind-cold-damp, strengthens the sinews and bones, chronic bi due to liver and kidney deficiency generating weak sinews (motor function development delays in children, elderly).
    • Transforms damp, reduces swelling - urinary difficulty, edema, damp-cold leg qi.

  • Yi Mu Cao
  • Herb Functions
    • Invigorates blood and regulates menses for gynecological issues - PMS, abdominal pain, irregular menses, abdominal masses, infertility, post partum abdominal pain w/lochioschesis, stasis from blood deficiency.
    • Promotes urination and reduces swelling - acute systemic edema.

  • Contraindications
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

  • Zhi Zi
  • Herb Functions
    • Clears heat (Heart and Liver), eliminates irritability - heat patterns with fever, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Drains damp heat - lin (urinary dysfunction) syndrome due to damp-heat in the lower warmer, damp-heat and constrained liver and gallbladder causing jaundice, damp-heat in the gall bladder and triple heater channels of the face - eyes, nose, sores in the mouth and face.
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in vomit, stool, urine; (needs to partially charred).
    • Topically for blood stasis due to trauma, reduces swelling.

  • Contraindications
    • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or loss of appetite due to cold from deficiency.