Tian Ma (Gastrodia Root) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Name: Tian Ma
English Name: Gastrodia Root

Clinical Usage and Indications

  • 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.

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Dosage and Preparation Notes

  • Dosage: 3-9g
  • 0.9-1.5g powder

Channels/Meridians Influenced

Associated Temperature and Taste

Cautions and Contraindications

There are currently no contraindications listed.

Staff Clinician Notes

There are no additional notes for this herb.

Herbal Formulas Which Include This Herb

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  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

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  • Bao Ji Wan

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    Empirical formula for food poisioning.  Also useful for overeating, excessive drinking - over indulgence in general.  Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, belching, reflux, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, possibly diarrhea.


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  • Hui Chun Wan

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    Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of consciousness, irritability, restlessness such as seizure disorders, meningitis, measles, and gastroenteritis among others.


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  • Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan

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  • Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan

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