One of the most famous Liver Detox Formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine is called by many names:
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang or
GENTIANA DECOCTION TO DRAIN THE LIVER
LIVER DETOX FORMULA (you can click this link)
The Traditional Chinese Medicine formula “Long Dan Xie Gan Tang” is listed in the “Analytic Collection Of Medicine Formulas” (Yi Fang Ji Jie) by Dr. Wang Ang in 1682AD. It has a proven track record for safe human consumption for the last 330 years!
Traditionally used for:
- detox of the liver (from abuse of pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and recreational drugs, tobacco)
- fatty liver
- gallstones or other bile duct problems like inflammation
- hepatitis, chronic or acute
- vertigo or dizziness
- tinnitus or ear ringing
- high blood pressure
- drug and alcohol abuse
- vaginal or bladder infections
- eye/ear infections
- stubborn migraines and other headaches
- chronic fatigue
- emotional and digestive imbalances
- smoking detox
The Traditional Liver Detox Formula contains the following ingredients:
Common Name (Chinese Pinyin Name), Latin Name
- Gentian Root (Long Dan Cao) Gentiana manshurica
- Scullcap Root (Huang Qin) Scutellaria baicalensis
- Thorowax Root (Chai Hu) Bupleurum chinense
- Angelica Root Tips (Dang Gui Wei) Angelica sinensis
- Foxglove Root (Sheng Di Huang) Rehmannia glutinosa
- Gardenia Fruit (Zhi Zi) Gardenia jasminoides
- Water Plantain Root (Ze Xie) Alisma plantago-aquatica
- Plantago Seed (Che Qian Zi) Plantago asiatica semen
- Akebia Stem (Mu Tong) Akebia quinata
- Licorice Root (Gan Cao) Glycyrrhiza glabra
- Oldenlandia Herb
- Dandelion Herb
- Prunella Herb
- Pennywort Herb
- Prepared Coptis Root
- Buddleia Flower
Many modern formulas are based on this classic Traditional Chinese Medicine formula. Here is a high quality Organic, chemical free version:
LIVER DETOX FORMULA is a modification of the classic Chinese Medicine formula:
LONG DAN XIE GAN TANG –
GENTIANA DECOCTION TO DRAIN THE LIVER
They have added five very powerful detoxifying and healing herbs, especially important for the liver:
- Oldenlandia Herb (Bai Hua She She Cao) Hedyotis diffusa or Oldenlandia diffusa
- Dandelion Herb (Pu Gong Ying) Taraxacum officinale
- Prunella or “Selfheal Spike” Herb (Xia Ku Cao) Prunella vulgaris
- Pennywort or “Gotu Kola” Herb (Ji Xue Cao) Centella asiatica
- Buddleia or Buddleja Flower (Mi Meng Hua) Buddleja oflicinalis
Please note there are NO Aristolochia species nor aristolochic acid or AA in this formula. Their “Mu Tong” is the species Akebia, which does NOT contain AA or aristolochic acid. Aristolochic acid is found in many inexpensive brands from China, and is a known nephrotoxin and carcinogen.
This formula drains “heat” and toxins from the Liver, Gallbladder, and Kidneys especially, but includes all the internal organs. These toxins come in the form of poor diet, alcohol, smoking, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, hormones, vaccinations, parasites, bacteria, viruses, pollution, or other impurities in food, water, and air.
Toxins may also be internally generated from improper digestion of food, overgrowth of bad intestinal flora (like Candida), or other internal imbalances of the organs (like blockage of the bile in the Liver and Gallbladder, commonly causing inflammation, or stones).
This formula can be used as a starting point in a general Detox protocol for most people, and is generally used until symptoms subside, and if symptoms are mild or not obvious, it is generally only used for a short period of time (less than a few months to a few days, depending on severity and constitution).
This is not a formula for long term use, as it can be excessively draining of the normal body fluids or “Yin”. However, the formula is designed with some Yin nourishing herbs to help protect from this, even with this short term (2-3 weeks) use (Angelica Root and Rehmannia Root both nourish the body fluids and “Yin”).
DETAILED FORMULA EXPLANATION:
All the herbs have different functions in a proper and balanced Traditional Chinese Medicine Formula. Western herbal formulations, which tend to focus on treating symptoms, are usually a collection of herbs with similar functions, and can mildly alleviate symptoms short term, but are inadequate in treating the deeper causes of disease because they fail to recognize it! For this reason Chinese Medicine is a superior system of medicine because it understands and recognizes internal imbalances of the organs as the CAUSE of disease.
The following excerpt explains in technical Chinese medicine language the elegant sophistication of different groups of herbs working in concert to create deep equilibrium in the body:
Long Dan Cao is very bitter and cold. It is the principal or sovereign medicinal in this formula for both draining fire and eliminating dampness. It drains replete liver and gallbladder fire from the upper body, while it also precipitates and clears damp heat from the lower body.
Huang Qin and Zhi Zi are the ministers within this formula. They also have the functions of draining fire with bitterness and cold and are combined with Long Dan Cao for that purpose.
Ze Xie, Mu Tong, and Che Qian Zi clear heat and disinhibit dampness.
Therefore, they assist in eliminating damp heat via the urinary tract. The liver stores the blood and heat within the liver channel can easily damage yin and blood. Thus, when using bitter cold ingredients to dry dampness, to avoid drying and dehydrating the body, we add Sheng Di Huang and Dang Gui Wei as assistants to moisten and enrich yin and nourish the blood.
Gan Cao regulates and harmonizes all the other medicinals. Therefore, within this formula there is supplementation within drainage and enrichment within disinhibition. This assists the downbearing of fire and the clearing of heat and the separation of clear from damp turbidity. In other words, this formula can detoxify the body without damaging or draining it.
This cannot be said of most modern detox formulas, which merely combine purging and draining herbs which can damage digestion and deplete body fluids, even though they are intended to improve it.
That being said, this formula is also quite draining and detoxifying, but the harsh edge has been removed, and it has a more balanced, milder effect as far as drying or draining the body, but an even stronger effect in detoxifying it.
Basically, we have modified an existing well balanced formula and added stronger detoxifying herbs and greater quantities of moistening herbs to create a completely new detoxification formula which is strong in its detoxifying abilities, yet gentle and slightly nourishing at the same time. Of course, this formula is intended for short term use, meaning less than 2 months to 2 weeks at a time.
Then one should move on to a truly balanced long term formula for the liver, yin, and blood like the XIAO YAO SAN SERIES FORMULAS: including INSOMNIA FORMULA, DEPRESSION FORMULA, DIGESTION HARMONY FORMULA: or even deeper nourishment like HORMONAL HEALTH FORMULA. This formula can treat patterns in both the upper and lower body. This is one of its phenomenal and unique properties which shows the high degree of sophistication of understanding of the combining of natural medicinal substances.
The most common conditions which are treated by this formula and have been well documented in clinical use and modern research all over Asia, especially China: Hepatitis, including all viral forms Migraines, High Blood Pressure, Tinnitus (Ear Ringing), Vertigo or Dizziness are all treated successfully with “Long Dan Xie Gan Tang” when used as an acute formula to relieve the symptoms.
To properly treat the root of these diseases, one should use a Yin nourishing formula long term like “Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin Wan” HEADACHE AND DIZZINESS FORMULA or “Liu Wei Di Huang Wan” HORMONAL HEALTH FORMULA.
Do not use long-term, in large doses, or in cases of severe digestive weakness, severe fatigue, or after recovering from a serious illness like cancer, etc. without the supervision of a qualified Chinese medicine herbalist.
This formula can also be used EXTERNALLY for eczema, rashes, herpes, infections, cuts, bites, especially when there is redness and swelling.
Test to make sure there is no adverse reaction like more redness and swelling by using a small amount of this diluted “wash” on a small area of your skin which is not irritated. You can keep diluting until it is mild enough, or increase the concentration gradually so it is more effective.
If you can keep the area soaked for 15 minutes every 2 hours you will get the best therapeutic effect. For most external lesion type conditions you should also be taking the formula internally.