Latin name: Euphorbia kansui, Radix euphorbia
Chinese name: gan sui
Other names: euphorbia root, gansui root, kansui root

What is Euphorbia?

In traditional Chinese medicine, the term euphorbia refers to the root of the euphorbia plant, native to China. Euphorbia also refers to the genus of trees found throughout the world, some of which are more prominent than others for medicinal use.

What are the health benefits of Euphorbia?
When used by doctors of Chinese medicine, the root of euphorbia is associated with conditions of the lung, kidney, and large intestine. It is used in coordination with these energy channels as a diuretic and a laxative, through its expulsion of water from the chest and abdomen. It is used to expel heat, reduce swellings, act as a decongestant, reduce the incidence of edema, and reduce inflammation of the lymph glands. It may be applied externally to reduce swelling, inflammation, and skin lesions. Euphorbia is also used for dilating peripheral blood vessels and reducing cirrhosis of the liver.

Are there any precautions for taking Euphorbia?
Euphorbia is considered a potent medicinal herb in Chinese medicine, an herb that should only be used for more serious conditions. It is mildly toxic in nature, and as such, large doses may cause nausea, vomiting, and decreased blood pressure. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take euphorbia. It should only be taken under the supervision of a knowledgeable and licensed herbal practitioner.

Where can I find Euphorbia?
Euphorbia can be found online, in Asian markets, herbal specialty stores, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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