by Health Concerns

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Therapeutic Actions

  1. Relieves pathogenic elements that contribute to acute gallbladder colic (cholecystalgia) and help dissolve gallstones (cholelithiasis)
  2. Relieves chronic gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis) with indigestion, nausea, and discomfort in the flanks, epigastrium, or abdomen
  3. Effective in preventing stones in the urinary system

Chinese Therapeutic Effects

Clears stagnant liver qi
Clears damp heat from the liver and gallbladder
Moves the blood


Internal: 3 tablets TID, between meals
90 tablets, 750 mg., 10 day supply
Contraindications: Pregnancy


Curcuma tuber (yu jin), Corydalis rhizome (yan hu suo), Taraxacum herb (pu gong ying), Melia fruit (chuan lian zi), Ji nei jin (ji nei jin), Salvia root (dan shen)

Pinyin Reference: Chuan Lian Zi


GB-6 combines ingredients for resolving the most commonly encountered disease mechanisms accounting for cholecystitis and cholelithiasis. The formula is based on an empirical research formula used currently in China. It is meant to be taken for a prolonged period of time between acute episodes in order to dredge the liver and facilitate the gallbladder, regulate the Qi, activate the blood, clear heat, eliminate dampness, disperse stagnation, and expel or dissolve stones. Melia (chuan lian zi) assists patients who suffer discomfort in the region of the gallbladder due to stress causing liver qi stagnation and poor diets leading to dampness and heat.

Clinical Notes

  1. In Chinese clinics one course of therapy with this formula is three months. One to three courses of this therapy usually prove effective
  2. During acute attacks, combine with acupuncture therapy, and Western treatment
  3. Abstinence from greasy, spicy foods, fats and oils, sugars, coffee, and alcohol will greatly assist this therapy
  4. Gallbladder problems are common in middle-aged and overweight individuals, especially women. Consider using as a preventive for women undergoing rapid weight loss, as rapid weight loss can increase the presence of gallbladder stones
  5. Consider for phantom pain in individuals whose gallbladder has been removed
  6. See Health Concerns Newsletter: Vol. 5 No. 1 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Chronic Digestive Disorders, Part Two (Gaeddert)

Additional Information

  • See Jin Qian Cao Stone formula for kidney stones
  • Combine with Quiet Digestion with poor digestion
  • Combine with Ecliptex to more strongly invigorate the liver

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