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Ji Gu Cao

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.

What is Ji Gu Cao?:

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.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Ji Gu Cao:

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.

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