English Name: nardostachys rhizome/root, Chinese (or Indian) spikenard rhizome/root
Literal Translation: “sweet pine”
Pharmaceutical Name: Radix seu Rhizoma Nardostachys
Medica Category: Qi-Regulating Herbs
Properties: Gan Song enters the Spleen and Stomach channels; it is acrid and sweet in nature and warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Gan Song is the dried root and rhizome of Chinese (or Indian) spikenard (Nardostachys chinensis Batal.; Nardostachys jatamanse DC.), a small flowering herb in the valerian family native to the Himalayan regions of China, India, and surrounding areas.
Gan Song regulates qi and relieves pain/opens stagnation in the middle jiao and is primarily used to address feelings of chest oppression with epigastric pain and poor appetite in persons who have damaged their Spleens from excessive worry.
Gan Song is contraindicated during pregnancy; also, do not use continuously on its own due to its low cumulative toxicity.