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Ge Jie

Ge Jie
Ge Jie #

Naming

Ge Jie (Gecko)——Hai Yao Ben Cao (Materia Medica of Sea Herbs)

  1. Tokay
  2. Gecko
  3. 蛤蚧

The Processing of Ge Jie

Origin

The dry body removed internal organs of the animal Gekko gecko Linnaeus of family Gecko.

Location

Mainly produced in Guangxi, Yunnan and Guangdong provinces in China.

Harvest

Captured all the year round.

The actual smell and taste

Raw meat smell, slightly salty.

Best quality

Whole large, fat body with tail.

Processing

Sliced, baked after infiltrated by millet wine, removed the head, feet and scales before use. Unprocessed or stir-baked with liquor.

The Effect of Ge Jie

Property

Sweet, salty, neutral; kidney and lung meridians entered.

Actions

Tonify kidney yang, nourish kidney essence, tonify lung qi, and relieve cough and dyspnea.

Indications

A. Cough and dyspnea of deficiency type due to deficiency of both lung and kidney

It is an important herb that is indicated for dyspnea of deficiency type due to deficiency of both lung and kidney, failure of kidney to receive qi, because it can relieve cough and dyspnea through tonifying kidney yang and lung qi. It is usually combined with lung and kidney-tonifying, cough and dyspnea-relieving herbs, for instance, it is used with Ren Shen, Hu Tao Rou and Wu Wei Zi. For strain cough due to lung deficiency caused by chronic disease, it is combined with herbs to tonify lung, nourish yin, dispel deficiency heat, dispel phlegm to relieve cough, for instance, it is used with Ren Shen, Zhi Mu, Bei Mu and Xing Ren in the formula Ren Shen Ge Jie San from Wei Sheng Bao Jian.

B. Impotence and premature ejaculation with thin semen due to deficiency of kidney

It is indicated for impotence and premature ejaculation with thin semen due to deficiency of kidney yang and insufficiency of kidney essence, because it can treat impotence through tonifying kidney and nourishing essence, securing the original essence. It could be used as alcoholic preparation singly or combined with other herbs to tonify kidney, nourish essence, tonify yang, for instance, it is used with Lu Rong, Hai Gou Shen, and Yin Yang Huo.
Besides, it is suitable for weak, prematurely senile due to kidney deficiency because it can tonify and strengthen the organism.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 5~10 g; smashed into powder, 1~2 g per time, 3 times a day, or made into alcoholic preparation, pill or powder. For saving herb, it is appropriate to use as pill or powder.