Gan Sui


Gan Sui in TCM:

Explore the properties of Gan Sui according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: Euphorbia, gansui root, kansui root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Euphorbiae Kansui
Properties: toxic, bitter, sweet, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, LI, KD

Flavors: toxic, sweet, bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat, resolves water accumulations, disperses wind, resolves phlegm, reduces swelling

Actions / Indications:
  • Drains water downwards; drive out congested fluid (edema, ascites, severe accumulation of fluid in chest or abdomen; SOB; wind-phlegm seizures)
  • Clears heat and reduces swelling (topical use for swollen painful skin lesions, carbuncles; boils)

    Special Notes:
  • incompatible with gan cao
  • unprocessed is more toxic; vinegar fried is less toxic
  • illegal: we can't get it in the USA - can substitute Da Huang

  • (cc: pregnancy)