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Diao Gan Ma (Root of Angled Bittersweet)


The drug is the dried root or bark of Celastrus anguslatus Maxim. (family Celastraceae), growing in waste hillsides or scrubs, and distributed in Southern China and Shaanxi, Gansu of China.

  1. 吊干麻
  2. Root of Angled Bittersweet

The Effect of Diao Gan Ma


Pungent, bitter, cool, slightly toxic; lung, liver and kidney meridians entered.


Expel wind and eliminate dampness, activate blood, dredge meridians, remove toxicity and kill parasites.


Tinea capitis, pustulosis, head louse, fracture, rheumatic arthritis, amenorrhea, pruritus vulvae, ulcers and sores.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 15~30 g. Proper dosage is for external application, pounded for applying or decocted for washing.