TCM Research Center Puts Focus on Rhizoma Gastrodiae (Tian Ma)
Gastrodia (Rhizoma Gastrodiae , Tian Ma, 天麻) is the dried rhizome of the plant Gastrodia elata Bl. (Orchidaceae Family). As a medicinal herb in TCM, its nature is neutral and slightly warm, taste sweet, and enters the Liver channel of human body.
Tian Ma is a medicinal herb of higher value. Nowadays, products with Gastrodia (Tian Ma) are more expensive in the TCM markets. The functions of Gastrodia (Tian Ma) are to dispel wind, control convulsions & pain, and invigorate meridians. It is used for internal liver wind, pain due to wind, wind-damp painful obstruction, headache, dizziness, vertigo, convulsions, seizure, epilepsy, hemiplegia, chronic numbness, weakness of extremities, contracture of the limbs, sore and painful knees and waist, aphonia, arthralgia due to wind...etc.
In recent years, due to the higher price of Gastrodia (Tian Ma), TCM industry pays much attention to its cultivation and development. The oldest and well-known TCM research center, Chengdu University in Sichuan, PRC, is devoted to the scientific research of Gastrodia (Tian Ma), including domestication, cultivation technology, and extraction of active constituents from Gastrodia (Tian Ma). The R&D plans will focus on ensuring consistent quality in the planting process and in the development of high quality Gastrodia (Tian Ma).
Sun Ten Pharmaceutical manufactures the single-herb herbal extract granule " Gastrodia (Tian Ma)" and formulas with Gastrodia (Tian Ma), such as Pinelia & Gastrodia Combination (Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang, 半夏白朮天麻湯) and Gastrodia & Uncaria Combination (Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin, 天麻鉤藤飲).
Gastrodia & Uncaria Combination (Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin,天麻鉤藤飲) can calm the Liver, extinguish wind, clear heat, activate blood, and nourish the liver and kidneys. It is used for Liver Yang rising with internal wind disturbing, headache, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitus, poor eyesight, blurry vision, and insomnia.
Pinelia & Gastrodia Combination (Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang, 半夏白朮天麻湯) can dispel dampness, dissolves phlegm, strengthen the Spleen, and remove Liver wind. It is used for internal phelgm retention with deficiency wind disturbing, dizziness, headache, nausea, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough with phlegm, gastrointestinal weakness due to dampness and wind in the body, internal wind disturbing, vomit, heavy body and limbs, cold hands and feet, stomach water stagnancy, indigestion restlessness, and fatigue.
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