Jie Geng


Jie Geng in TCM:

Explore the properties of Jie Geng according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: platycodon, platycodon root, balloon-flower root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Platycodonis
Properties: bitter, acrid, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Opens and disperses LU qi; expels phlegm (for wind-heat or wind-cold cough: depending on combination. Also to assist regulation of Large Intestine and Urinary Bladder, treats constipation, dysenteric disorder, and urine retention)
  • Benefits throat (sore throat; loss of voice, important guide herb for throat)
  • Dispels Pus (LU abscess, throat abscess; lobar pnuemonia and bronchitis caused by heat toxins)
  • Guides other herbs to upper body (guiding herb for upper jiao, combine with zhi ke to regulate qi)

    Special Notes:
  • Jie Geng and Xing Ren are often used to treat abormally rising LU qi. Jie Geng is neutral, while Xing Ren is more effective to treat cough.

  • (cc: hemoptysis, dizziness, vomiting, yin deficient fire, overdose can cause rebellious ST qi)