Gou Teng

Gou Teng in TCM:

English Name: gambir
Pharmacuetical Name: Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis
Properties: sweet, cool
Explore the properties of Gou Teng according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cool
Channels: LV, PC
Flavors: sweet
Regulates: clears heat, disperses wind, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Extinguishes wind; alleviates spasms and convulsions (high fever with LYR, childhood convulsions due to high fever, Liver wind with tremors, clenching of jaw, seizures, eclampsia, stroke / bells palsy due to LV wind with phlegm)
  • Clears LV fire, pacifies LYR (Liver fire and LYR induced headache, dizziness, irritability, red eyes, windstroke, modern use for hypertension; also for wind-heat with fever, headache, red eyes)
  • (cooking: do not cook for more than 20 minutes)

    Special Notes:
  • Gou Teng acts as a sedative but not a tranquilizer. It maintains the shen but does not treat insomnia.
  • Gou Teng and Ren Dong Teng both treat wind. Gou Teng is stronger in treating twitching and spasm caused by LV wind and LV heat, whereas Ren Dong Teng relieves pain due to wind-heat in the channels and collaterals.
  • Gou Teng and Tian Ma both treat twitching, pacify the LV, and extinguish wind. Gou Teng is cold has is stronger to extinguish wind d/t LYR. Tian Ma does not clear heat as strongly as Gou Teng, but it is stronger to relieve pain and also moistens dryness.