Gan Jiang

Gan Jiang in TCM:

English Name: dried ginger
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Zingiberis
Properties: acrid, hot
Explore the properties of Gan Jiang according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: hot
Channels: LU, ST, SP, HT
Flavors: pungent
Tonifies: yang
Regulates: disperses cold, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Warms middle jiao; expels cold (epigastric and abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea due to excess external cold or cold due to SP yang deficiency)
  • Restores devastated yang; expels cold (yang collapse with very weak pulse and cold limbs)
  • Warms Lung; transforms phlegm (Lung cold with cough, asthma, thin watery white sputum)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat signs)
  • (cc: reckless movement of hot blood)

    Special Notes:
  • "Without gan jiang, fu zi is not hot" (refers to mutual accentuation). "Gan Jiang stays and Fu Zi walks".
  • Compare Gan Jiang with Sheng Jiang, and Pao Jiang have similar yet different functions.
  • Gan Jiang warms SP and LU while Fu Zi warms HT yang, SP yang, and KD yang.