Ingredient: Ligusticum root (gao ben).
Mandarin: 藁本
Pin-Yin: Gao Ben
English: Ligusticum Root
Korean: 고본
Romaji: Kohon
Kanji: 藁本
Kampo: No


Pharmaceutical Name:

  • Ligustici Rhizoma


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


  • Acrid, warm

Channels Entered:

  • Bladder, governing vessel

Herb Actions:

  • Discharges exterior conditions
  • Disperses cold
  • Dispels wind and overcomes dampness
  • Alleviates pain


  • Not recommended for those with headaches from blood deficiency or in hot disorders

Commonly Found In:

  • Magnolia Flower Formula, Chiang-huo & Tu-huo Combination