Gan Sui - Downward Draining: Harsh Expellants
KD, LI, LU (0.3 - 1g)


Gan Sui the Sous Chef

She turned up pregnant and homeless when her incompatible granny cow kicked her out (note: incompatible with gan cao). At first she ended up on the streets, but once she decided to pick herself up out of the gutter and stop using expensive illegal nose spray, she became a fabulous sous-chef. When granny cow saw Gan Sui's daughter the following summer she had eyes tired from crying.

English Name: Euphorbia, gansui root, kansui root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Euphorbiae Kansui
Properties: toxic, bitter, sweet, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
summer... eyes tired from crying clear heat; reduces swelling
pregnant cc: pregnancy; cc: weak patients
gutter... nose spray drains water downward; drives out congested fluids


      Gan Sui Actions and Indications
  • Drains water downwards; drive out congested fluid (edema, ascites, severe accumulation of fluid in chest or abdomen; SOB; wind-phlegm seizures)
  • Clears heat and reduces swelling (topical use for swollen painful skin lesions, carbuncles; boils)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
    Special Notes:
  • incompatible with gan cao
  • unprocessed is more toxic; vinegar fried is less toxic
  • illegal: we can't get it in the USA - can substitute Da Huang

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