Gao Liang Jiang – Galanga rhizome – Alpinia officinarum

Nature: acrid, hot

Enters: Spleen, Stomach

Actions: Warms the middle Jiao, relieves pain.

• Cold in the spleen and stomach: pain in the epigastrium and abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, hiccups.
DY: With Xiang fu to warm the stomach and drain cold, move the Qi, and stop pain. For indications such as pain in the epigastrium alleviated by warmth and pressure, chest and lateral costal distention, and nausea due to cold in the stomach and Qi stagnation. For these indications, the combination is used in Liang Fu Wan. Vinegar mix-fried Xiang fu should be used. In cases of severe cold, a larger dose of Gao liang jiang should be used. In cases of severe Qi stagnation (as evidenced by epigastric distention and pain aggravated by pressure), a greater quantity of Xiang fu should be prescribed.
Gao liang jiang is very acrid and drying. Its action is drastic, and it should not be prescribed over a long period of time, for fear of damaging stomach Qi and Yin.
PCBDP: Carminative, stimulant.
• Dyspepsia.
• In a paste with bloodroot [Sanguinaria] to treat periodontal diseases (including gingivitis) and skin cancer.
• Has anti-ulcer activity, possible anti-tumor activity.
Hsu: Stomachic, analgesic (stronger than Gan jiang), broad antibacterial.

Dose: 1.5-9g

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