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What is "Gold Coin Grass" (GCG) and how does it work?


The efficacy of Chinese herbs has been established through centuries of user experience. One major advantage of this is that any significant long-term side-effects would have been discovered through centuries of usage. This cannot be said for many pharmaceutical drugs whose side-effects are only dicovered sometimes after decades of use. The great majority of Chinese herbs have not been clinically tested in the Western sense, under controlled "double blind" conditions. The way they work has not, to my knowledge, been explained in chemistry terms as herbs contain complex mixtures of chemicals working together. There is no incentive for pharmaceutical companies to fund such studies since natural herbs cannot be patented. Until very recently, government research organizations have little interest in Chinese herbs.

The pharmaceutical name of Gold Coin Grass is Herba Lysimachiae. The botanical name is Desmodium Styracifolium. Gold Coin Grass is the literal translation of the Chinese herb name; the leaves of the herb actually look like gold coins. The sound (Chinese pronunciation) translation is Jinqiancao or Jin Gian Cao. It is mentioned in many Chinese herb books as the commonly used herb for both gallstones and kidney stones. One of the most authentic references on Chinese herbs is "A Barefoot Doctor's Manual - the American Translation of the Official Chinese Paramedical Manual", Running Press, Philadelphia, 1990. Gold Coin Grass is mentioned on page 763 of this reference. It is stated on this page that the conditions this herb is most frequently used for are:

  1. Stones in the urinary system, gallbladder stones
  2. Acute and chronic hepatitis.

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