Da Huang Gan Cao Tang
Ingredients: Chinese rhubarb root (da huang), Chinese licorice root (gan cao).
Pin-Yin: Da Huang Gan Cao Tang
English: Rhubarb & Licorice Combination
Romaji: Daio Kanzo To
- Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin Gui Yao Lue, 206)
How it works:
- Promotes bowel movement
- Clears heat
- Alleviates fullness and distention
- Harmonizes the stomach
- Accumulation of excess heat in intestines
- Stomach fire
This ancient herbal combination was first published in the Han dyansty in Zhang Zhongjing’s “Essentials from the Golden Cabinet” to help treat excess heat in the intestines and stomach fire by promoting bowel movement, clearing heat, alleviating fullness, and harmonizing the stomach
In this formula, Rhubarb clears heat accumulation and relieves fullness and distention while Licorice strengthens and harmonizes the middle warmer and protects the spleen and stomach from injury caused by purgation.