Uncaria Stem – Gou Teng (Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis)

goutengSource: Gou Teng – the vine of Uncaria rhynchophylla (Miq.) Jacks., family Rubiaceae.

Function: Gou Teng stops endogenous wind to relieve convulsion, and clears liver-heat and calms the liver.

Application: Gou Teng is used for headache and dizziness due to liver-yang excess. It has good effect of lowering the blood pressure, so is often be used to treat high blood pressure. If combined with other herbs Gou Teng can also treat dizziness due to low blood pressure. To treat convulsions, high fever and coma in children, Gou Teng is combined with other herbs.