What is Ji Gu Cao?
Ji Gu Cao
, or Jigucao
the name of traditional Chinese medicine. It is the dried whole plant of the leguminous plant Acacia
guangzhou. Sweet, slightly bitter, cool. Promoting dampness and reducing jaundice, clearing away heat and detoxification, soothing the liver and relieving pain. It is commonly used for damp-heat jaundice, flank discomfort, epigastric distension and pain, mastitis swelling and pain.
Jigucao is a diuretic and dampness medicine. Jigucao can also be used to make soup for food therapy in the wet season of spring and summer.
Types of Ji Gu Cao
Ji Gu Cao
Ji Gu Cao, which is Acacia Guangzhou, can also be called Dixianggen, Shanwandou, etc. It is a climbing shrub with a height of 1-2 meters. Its leaves are relatively small and hairy. Its stems are relatively thin and the surface is taupe. Branchlets are brownish-red, also sparsely hairy.
Mao Ji Gu Cao
Mao Ji Gu Cao, which is Acacia Mao, can also be called dragonfly vine, oil vine, and jinbuhuan. It belongs to vines. Its leaves are relatively large and densely covered with villous hairs, and its stems are relatively thick. The surface is Purple-brown to gray-brown, while branchlets are yellow-green with dense hairs.
Acacia is a vine. Its stems are relatively thin and branched, and it has white rusty hairs. In addition, Acacia is a poisonous plant. The seeds contain a protein called acacia. The toxin is very toxic, and it will be poisoned if swallowed by mistake, and it may even cause death in severe cases.
Growth environment of Ji Gu Cao
Jigucao is distributed in Guangdong, Guangxi and other places.
Jigucao likes warmth, humidity, is afraid of cold, drought-tolerant, and avoids waterlogging. It often grows in mountains or wilderness shrubs, and grows in sunny places on low hills in subtropical high temperature areas, such as mountains or wilderness shrubs. Chicken bone grass is suitable for loose, fertile loam, sandy loam, light clay, and pH5-6.5 environment. The flowering period of Jigucao is in August, and the fruiting period is September-October.
Processing methods of Ji Gu Cao
Ji Gu Cao can be harvested throughout the year, usually in November-December or after the Qingming Festival.
1. Dig up the roots, remove the pods (seeds are poisonous) and clean the root soil, tie the stems and vines into bundles, and dry them until they are 80% dry to sweat. Serve dry enough.
2. Remove impurities and pods, cut into sections.
Ji Gu Cao TCM
The dried whole grass of the plant.
Sweet, slightly bitter, cool in nature.
Return liver, stomach warp.
Promoting dampness and reducing jaundice, clearing away heat and detoxification, soothing the liver and relieving pain.
Damp-heat jaundice, hypochondrium discomfort, epigastric distension and pain, mastitis swelling and pain.
The seeds of this variety are poisonous and cannot be directly used as medicine. When using them, all pods must be removed.
Ji Gu Cao, a climbing shrub, 1-5m long; branchlets and petioles are coarsely hairy. Its roots are mostly conical, thick at the top and thin at the bottom, branched, of different lengths, with a diameter of 0.5-37.5px; the surface is gray-brown, rough, with fine longitudinal lines, and the branches are very thin, and some are broken or have residual base; hard. Stems clustered, 50-2500px long, about 5px in diameter; grayish-brown to purple-brown, slender branchlets, sparsely pubescent. Pinnately compound leaves alternate, with 8-11 pairs of leaflets, often falling off, oblong, 0.8-30px long; apex truncate, with small protuberances, lower surface covered with hairs. The gas is slightly fragrant, and the taste is slightly bitter. It likes warmth, humidity, fear of cold, drought tolerance, and avoids waterlogging. Often born in mountains or wilderness shrub edge.
The roots of Ji Gu Cao are mostly conical, thick at the top and thin at the bottom, with branches, different lengths, 0.5-1.5cm in diameter; the surface is gray-brown, rough, with fine longitudinal lines, the roots are very thin, and some are broken or left residue; hard. Stems clustered, 50-100cm long, about 0.2cm in diameter; grayish-brown to purple-brown, slender branchlets, sparsely pubescent; alternate pinnately compound leaves, 8-11 pairs of leaflets, often shedding, oblong, 0.8 in length ~1.2cm; apex truncate, with small apex, lower surface covered with hairs. The gas is slightly fragrant, and the taste is slightly bitter.
"Chinese Medicine Plant Illustrated Book": "Treat rheumatism and bone pain, bruises and blood stasis internal injuries; and as a cooling and antipyretic medicine."
Ji Gu Cao benefits
Ji Gu Cao has the functions of clearing heat and detoxifying, soothing the liver and relieving pain, promoting dampness and reducing jaundice.
Clearing away heat and detoxification
Ji Gu Cao is cool in nature and has the effect of clearing away heat and detoxification. Commonly used in the treatment of acute and chronic hepatitis, mastitis, snake bites, scrofula, etc. The treatment of scrofula can be compatible with Xixuecao, etc.
Soothing the liver and relieving pain
Ji Gu Cao belongs to the liver meridian, which has the effect of soothing the liver and relieving pain.
Promoting dampness and reducing jaundice
Ji Gu Cao can relieve dampness and reduce jaundice, and is often used to treat jaundice, rheumatic bone pain, etc. The compatibility of chicken bone grass and jujube can clear away heat and dampness.
Ji Gu Cao side effects
Ji Gu Cao is a cold herbal medicine. If you take too much at one time, it may have adverse effects on your body:
1. Cause relatively large irritation to the stomach and have a relatively large impact on the recovery of the stomach.
2. Injury to the yang qi in the body, resulting in damage to the yang qi in the body, making the body colder.
How to take Ji Gu Cao?
Ji Gu Cao is usually taken in decoction, or it can be made into powder or pills. However, the use of Chinese herbal medicines must be based on syndrome differentiation and treatment, and should be used under the guidance of professional Chinese medicine practitioners, and should not be used at will, let alone listen to traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions and advertisements.
Take appropriate amount of medicinal materials such as Ji Gu Cao and red dates, and decoct them with water to treat jaundice.
Ji Gu Cao Ling Zhi Tang
Ji Gu Cao Ling Zhi Tang is a kind of food with lean meat and chicken bone grass as the main ingredients. The effect is that the soup is sweet and delicious, clearing liver heat.
The required materials are Ji Gu Cao, Ling Zhi, an appropriate amount of pork, candied dates, salt and ginger. First, wash the Ling Zhi, cut it into small pieces, then chop the Ji Gu Cao into sections, put water in a large pot, put the lean meat into the pot, then put the Ling Zhi, candied dates and ginger into the pot, and then Then put Ji Gu Cao, turn to medium heat and simmer for 2 hours.
Taken as powder or pill
Ji Gu Cao Infusion
Ji Gu Cao Infusion, medicine, used for jaundice and non-jaundice, acute infectious hepatitis.
Ji Gu Cao Infusion benefits
Ji Gu Cao Infusion, soothes the liver, clears away heat, relieves dampness and relieves jaundice.
Ji Gu Cao Wan
Ji Gu Cao Wan is an over-the-counter drug. Its effect is to clear the liver and gallbladder, clear away heat and detoxify, and mainly treat acute and chronic hepatitis and cholecystitis.
Soak in water
Take out an appropriate amount of sun-dried Ji Gu Cao and put it into a clean cup. The leaves and roots can be soaked in water to drink. Then pour an appropriate amount of hot water into it, brew it for a few minutes and eat it, but don't drink it every day, otherwise it will make your body weak and cold.
Ji Gu Cao Tea
Ji Gu Cao Tea is a kind of traditional Chinese medicine, which has the effects of clearing heat and dampness, soothing the liver and relieving pain. It mainly treats acute and chronic hepatitis and ascites due to cirrhosis.
How to choose Ji Gu Cao?
Most of the Ji Gu Cao bought on the market is generally Acacia Mao, not the Ji Gu Cao in the Pharmacopoeia.
The roots of Acacia Mao are slender and cylindrical, with many fibrous roots, while the roots of Ji Gu Cao are mostly conical, thick at the top and thin at the bottom, with branches and few fibrous roots.
The color of Acacia Mao is yellowish, with fine hairs on the surface, while the color of Ji Gu Cao is darker and the surface is smoother.
However, although Acacia Mao is not as authentic as Ji Gu Cao, and its medicinal properties are not as good, it also has the effect of clearing away heat and dampness, detoxifying, and can be used for daily soup.
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