Tian Ma


Tian Ma in TCM:

Explore the properties of Tian Ma according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: trichosanthes root, snake gourd root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Trichosanthis
Properties: bitter, slightly sweet, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LV

Flavors: sweet, bitter

Special Properties:
disperses wind, alleviates bi syndrome

Actions / Indications:
  • Extinguishes wind; controls spasms and convulsions (tremors, LV wind; Convulsions due to heat or cold: childhood convulsions, opisthotonus, epilepsy, wind-stroke)
  • Calms LV; pacifies LYR (LYR induced headache, dizziness, migraines; wind-stroke; modern use for hypertension)
  • Dispel painful obstruction; unblocks collaterals (arthritic pain, wind-damp bi with pain and numbness of lower back and extremities; hemiplegia due to windstroke, numbness of extremities)

    Special Notes:
  • Compare to gou teng
  • For bi syndrome combine tian ma with cao wu.