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Zhi Gan Cao

Baked Licorice | 炙甘草
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SKU L4661

Ingredient: Baked Chinese licorice root (zhi gan cao).

Mandarin: 炙甘草
Pin-Yin: Zhi Gan Cao
English: Baked Licorice
Korean: 자감초
Romaji: Shakanzo
Kanji: 炙甘草
Kampo: No



Pharmaceutical Name:

  • Glycyrrhizae Radix preparata


  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica (Bensky et al.)


  • Sweet, warm

Channels Entered:

  • All twelve channels
  • Heart, lung, spleen, and stomach, in particular

Herb Actions:

  • Tonifies the spleen and supplements the qi
  • Brings moisture to the lungs to alleviate cough
  • Works in combination with other herbs to balance their effects


  • Not recommended for those with distention or fullness in chest or abdomen

Commonly Found In:

  • Bupleurum & Peony Formula, Dang Gui & Bupleurum Formula, Minor Bupleurum Combination

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