English Name: abrus
Literal Translation: “chicken bone herb”
Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Abri
Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Toxin-Eliminating Herbs
Properties: Ji Gu Cao enters the Liver and Gallbladder channels; it is sweet in nature and cool in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Ji Gu Cao is the dried aerial parts of a particular variety of prostrate subshrub in the Abrus genus (Arbus fruticulosus) that grows in roadsides, along streams, in thickets and edges of lowland rain forest up to 1000 m altitude throughout Southeast Asia.
Ji Gu Cao enters the Liver and Gallbladder channels to clear heat, dry dampness, and eliminate toxins and is useful for treating damp-heat jaundice and hepatitis.
Ji Gu Cao drains dampness and clears stagnation to reduce the pain and inflammation that comes from traumatic injuries.