Gan Jiang - Warm Interior and Expel Cold
SP, ST, LU, HT (3-12g)


Gan Jiang (Gan Jiang is Fried Ginger)

"Oh Mr. Frodo, Mrs. Ginger was fried this morning when she turned up pregnant (cc: pregnancy) but I can't stop thinking about her! She sure warmed my middle jiao, but ever since then she locked me out in the cold my Yang qi is devastated! I guess I should be careful because she's hot blooded (cc: hot reckless blood), but golly Mr. Frodo I don't know what's the big deal. I think I'll go to the swamp and smoke some pipe weed since I can't sleep (cc: yin deficiency with heat signs). Good night Mr. Frodo, and thanks fer listenin' to an old bother sport like me!"

English Name: dried ginger
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Zingiberis
Properties: acrid, hot

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
warms my middle jiao... lock me out in the cold warms middle jiao; expels cold
locked me out in the cold... yang qi is devastated expels cold; restores devastated yang qi
swamp... pipe weed transforms phlegm; warms LU


      Gan Jiang Actions and Indications
  • Warms middle jiao; expels cold (epigastric and abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea due to excess external cold or cold due to SP yang deficiency)
  • Restores devastated yang; expels cold (yang collapse with very weak pulse and cold limbs)
  • Warms Lung; transforms phlegm (Lung cold with cough, asthma, thin watery white sputum)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat signs)
  • (cc: reckless movement of hot blood)
    Special Notes:
  • "Without gan jiang, fu zi is not hot" (refers to mutual accentuation). "Gan Jiang stays and Fu Zi walks".
  • Compare Gan Jiang with Sheng Jiang, and Pao Jiang have similar yet different functions.
  • Gan Jiang warms SP and LU while Fu Zi warms HT yang, SP yang, and KD yang.

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