Qin Jiao (Largeleaf Gentian Root)


Botanical name: Radix Gentianae macrophyllae

Common Name:

  • English: Large Leaf Gentian
  • Also, Known As: Gentiana macrophylla, Gentiana straminea, Gentiana crassicaulis or Gentiana dahurica

Origin:  China

Part Used: Root

General Information:

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), gentian roots are plants that belong to the 'Herbs that dispel Wind and Dampness' category. Furthermore gentian roots are plants that are Cool in nature. Gentian roots also taste Bitter and Pungent. The so-called "five elements" theory in Chinese Medicine states that the taste of TCM ingredients is a key determinant of their action in the body. It is found in China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. 

The root of herbaceous plant Gentiana macrophylla Pall., G. straminea Maxim., G. crassicaulis Duthie ex Burk. or G. dahurica Fiseh of family Gentianaceae. The former three are usually called Qin Jiao and Ma Hua Jiao according to different characters, while the last one is often termed as Xiao Qin Jiao.


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