$6.95 USA Shipping • 90-Day Hassle-Free Returns

Home » Lao Guan Cao – Erodium – Herba Erodii seu Geranii

Lao Guan Cao – Erodium – Herba Erodii seu Geranii

Showing the single result

Lao Guan Cao

English Name: erodium, geranium, cranesbill, common heron’s bill herb, wilford crane’s bill herb

Literal Translation: “old crane herb”

Pharmaceutical Name: Herba Erodii seu Geranii

Medica Category: Wind Damp Dispelling Herbs – Channel and Collateral Opening Herbs

Properties: Lao Guan Cao enters the Liver and Large Intestine channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and neutral in temperature.

What is Lao Guan Cao?:

The Chinese Herb Lao Guan Cao is the dried aerial parts of two particular species of cranesbill (Erodium stephanianum Willd.; Geranium wilfordii Maxim.), autumn wildflowers with seeds that look like a crane’s bill (hence the common name). Cranesbill originally came from the Mediterranean area but is now found worldwide growing in fields and along the sides of roads (it prefers disturbed areas); it blooms from February to November and it is the aerial parts that are harvested and dried for use as medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Lao Guan Cao:

Lao Guan Cao dispels wind-damp and opens the channels and collaterals to treat bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) with clinical applications to include relieving joint pain and stiffness, numbness in the limbs, difficulty with mobility, and pain due to traumatic injury.

Lao Guan Cao clears heat, eliminates toxins, and dispels dampness to treat diarrhea and dysentery. It can also be made into a paste and used topically to treat skin disorders involving toxic heat (e.g. infected sores/burns and eczema).

Articles Related To Tag: Lao Guan Cao – Erodium – Herba Erodii seu Geranii

  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Dental and Oral Health 

    Oral health is not just about keeping your pearly whites sparkling; your mouth is a gateway to the health of your whole body!  But when was the last time you focused on improving your oral health? Beyond daily brushing and flossing, there are many ways to heal your mouth – including Chinese herbs for oral…

  • 15 Herbal Formulas to Conquer Spring Allergy Symptoms

    Winter’s chill is fading, allowing Spring to burst through with new life. Unfortunately for many people, this change in seasons also signals the start of sniffling noses, congested chests, itching eyes, and relentless coughs. It’s allergy season.  As we embrace the beauty of the spring season (with tissues in hand), it’s also time to explore…

  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Hay Fever

    Have you ever found yourself sniffling and sneezing with watery eyes as the flowers begin to bloom and the trees regain their leaves? If so, you’re likely one of the many experiencing the seasonal affliction known as hay fever.  Hay fever (also known as seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis) affects over a quarter of all…

  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea, oh my! These may sound like the symptoms of a stomach bug, but for the 45 million Americans who struggle with IBS, they are a common part of daily life.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is more than just occasional digestive discomfort. It is a chronic condition that can significantly impact your…

  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Bloating, Nausea, and Vomiting
    The Best Chinese Herbs for Bloating, Nausea, and Vomiting

    Feeling “sick to your stomach” once in a while might be just a part of life –  but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer through it! Nausea, or an upset stomach, is one of the most common digestive issues with a range of potential causes including motion sickness, acid reflux, pregnancy, indigestion, or as…