Zhi Gan Cao Tang - 炙甘草汤 - Prepared Licorice Combination (Granules)

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Item Number: Z040
Chinese Name: 炙甘草汤, Zhi Gan Cao Tang
English Name: Prepared Licorice Combination
Treatment Principles: Boosts Qi, enriches Yin, unblocks Yang, restores the pulse.
TCM Pattern: Yin-blood and Yang-Qi deficiency with malnutrition of the heart vessel, deficiency-consumption and lung atrophy, heart Qi deficiency with excess worry, irregular pulses due to Yang and Yin deficiency.
Potency: Full-spectrum, water-based herbal extract; concentrated 5:1 granules (100g/bottle).
Available in: Granules (100g/bottle)

What is Zhi Gan Cao Tang?

Zhi Gan Cao Tang, also known as Prepared Licorice Decoction, is a traditional Chinese medicinal formula created by Zhang Zhongjing around 220 AD. 

This nourishing formula is primarily used for addressing Qi and blood deficiency, digestive system disorders, and general fatigue. 

What are the benefits of Zhi Gan Cao Tang?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Zhi Gan Cao Tang is often used for restoring and regulating the pulse, nourishing the heart, and soothing the stomach.

Modern practitioners often recommend Zhi Gan Cao Tang for chronic gastritis, arrhythmias, palpitations, adrenal insufficiency, low blood pressure and fatigue, as well as for promoting overall heart health.

What is the dosage and method for taking Zhi Gan Cao Tang?

The generally recommended dosage of Zhi Gan Cao Tang is 4.5 g mixed with hot water, 2-3 times per day. However, always follow your healthcare provider's instructions, as the dosage can vary based on your condition and response to treatment.

Please see What's the Recommended Dosage for Granule Herbs? for more information.

When can I expect to see results?

Zhi Gan Cao Tang typically starts to take effect within days. However, like all treatments, its efficacy can vary from person to person.

Does Zhi Gan Cao Tang have any side effects?

While Zhi Gan Cao Tang is generally considered safe for most people, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Women who are pregnant, nursing, or postpartum as well as people with liver disease, should avoid or use Zhi Gan Cao Tang with caution.

As with any Chinese herb, we recommend consulting with a qualified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) about Zhi Gan Cao Tang before any course of treatment is started. 

Where to buy Zhi Gan Cao Tang

For practitioners, Treasure of the East offers full-spectrum Zhi Gan Cao Tang in granules (100g/bottle)

If you’re a consumer looking to purchase Zhi Gan Cao Tang, look for suppliers who provide clear information about the product's origin, purity, and testing procedures to ensure you're getting a high-quality product. Please read Where to Buy Chinese Herbs Safely for more tips on how to source herbs safely.

Zhi Gan Cao Tang from Treasure of the East is:
✔️ ISO Lab Tested & GMP Certified
✔️ Bio-Authentic with Full Traceability
✔️ Sustainably Sourced from Dao Di Farms


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Treasure of the East’s herbal extracts are full-spectrum, water-based extracts produced by Tianjiang Pharmaceutical. Unlike standardized extracts, which contain a concentrated quantity of a single marker chemical, full-spectrum herbal extracts contain all the active chemical constituents of whole herbs in concentrated form.  Treasure of the East herbs are full-spectrum and extracted using only purified water (more information).

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