Long Gu


Long Gu in TCM:

Explore the properties of Long Gu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: dragon bone (fossil), fossilized animal bone
Pharmacuetical Name: Os Draconis
Properties: sweet, astringent, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: HT, KD, LV

Flavors: astringent, sweet

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- to anchor spirit and yang
  • duan- astringent functions and for sores
  • Long Chi (Dens Draconis) dragon's teeth - HT, LV; astringent, cool, calms spirit and most effective for palpitations with anxiety, insomnia, dread disturbed sleep, neurasthenia, 9-15g

Actions / Indications:
  • Anchors and calms spirit (restlessness, insomnia, emotional distress, palpitations with anxiety, seizures or mani-withdrawal due to agitated heart shen, stronger than Mu Li to calm shen)
  • Calms LV; anchors floating yang (restlessness, irritability, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision)
  • Prevents leakage of fluids (spontaneous sweating, night sweats, chronic diarrhea, dysenteric disorder, prolapse of anus, spermatorrhea, nocturnal emissions, urinary incontinence, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding, fluid loss due to deficiency)
  • Generates Flesh; treats sores (sores, eczema, rash, chronic non-healing sores and ulcerations; used topically)

    Special Notes:
  • (cooking: crush and cook 20-30 minutes first)
  • Long Gu is fossilized animal bones, and Long Chi is fossilized animal teeth. They both pacify shen greatly, but Long Gu is astringent and stops spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding, and sweating.

  • (cc: damp heat or externally contracted disorders)