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Gé Jiè 蛤蚧

Pharmaceutical name Gecko
Category Tonify Yang
Key Properties Fortifies KD Yang, Tonifies LU Qi, Augments Essence, Calms wheezing, Stop cough
Properties Salty
Tropism LU, KD
Actions & Indications 1) Tonifies LU Qi & Assist KD Yang (Grasp LU Qi) (asthma/wheeze)
2) Assists KD Yang & Augments Essence & Blood
Dosages 3-6g; when taken directly as a powder, 1-2g
Contraindications (TCM) Cough & wheezing from Exterior pathogens or excess Heat
Contraindications (Western)
Chemical Composition Carnoside, carnitine, guanine, albumen, cholesterol, fatty acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, sodium
Pharmacological Effects • Reproductive: in male mice, increased weight of testicles; in female mice, prolonged estrus periods, increased weight of reproductive organs, and induced estrus in oophorectomized mice
• Respiratory: alcohol extract relaxes bronchi and has marked antiasthmatic action; water extract has no significant effect
• Immunostimulant: alcohol extract of body and tail of Ge Jie in mice increases white blood cell count and phagocytic activities by macrophages, and increases weight of spleen
• Adrenocortical: administration associated with increased production of adrenocortical hormone
Herb-Drug Interactions
Classical Formula(s)

Ren Shen Ge Jie San (Ginseng and gecko powder) 人參蛤蚧散


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