Gallstones and kidney stones are no problem for Jin Qian Cao known as Coin Grass.
The Chinese name Jin Qian Cao applies to two different herbs capable of dissolving gallstones (One is actually called Guang Jin Qian Cao). However, both are known as Coin Grass. The most popular of these herbs is the Jin Qian Cao herb (Lysimachia christinae). However Guang Jin Qian cao herb (Desmodium styracifolium) is also very effective. Either one works so well it is hard to say which is best. Many formulas use equal parts of both and this seems to be the most efficient.
A 2,000 year old story, widely accepted as history in China states: "A loving couple lived in a small village in China. The husband developed a pain below his ribs. After a few days he died. The wife was so upset she begged to have an autopsy done on her husband. A stone was found in her husband`s gallbladder. In determination to find out why this stone killed him, she hung the stone on a string around her neck. One day after walking back from gathering flowers to put on her husbands grave she noticed the stone was less than half the size and was crumbling. Apparently she had carried the flowers, with Coin Grass as a part of the arrangement, back with her while the Coin Grass was resting against the stone around her neck. The herbalist in the village learned of this and proclaimed, "We have discovered a cure for stones in the gallbladder"."
The herb was called Jin Qian Cao or "Golden Coin Grass". Herbalists later found that Coin Grass will dissolve kidney stones just as proficiently. More recently, herbalists have found that adding Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpureum ) to Jin Qian Cao can work a bit better on kidney stones than Jin Qian Cao can by itself.
In TCM, dissolving stones is accomplished by clearing damp heat. The best way to use this method is to take Jin Qian Cao as a strong tincture and combine it with the classic TCM patent herbal formula in pill form known as Long Dan Xie Gan Wan. This will assure you get enough Jin Qian Cao in the protocol. Patent herbal pills for Gallstones will often not contain enough of the Jin Qian Cao herb.
The "Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine" reported Jin Qian Cao had dramatic effects in the treatment of gallstone through case reports of a study involving 52 patients with cholecystitis. Jin Qian Cao herb alone was given and over 76% of patients showed complete recovery.
Gallstones are formations of crystals, composed of either cholesterol or calcium salts, in the gallbladder or the bile duct. In the United States, up to 20% of people over 65 have gallstones. Patients with gallstones in the gallbladder usually remain asymptomatic, while patients with gallstones blocking the bile duct may experience severe or life-threatening infection of the bile duct, the pancreas, or the liver. Risk factors of gallstones include female gender, old age, obesity and a Western diet.
Jin Qian Cao is now available in better herb stores. Remember to combine it with the Chinese herbal patent, Long Dan Xie Gan Wan. Also remember to add Gravel Root with Jin Qian Cao or buy the combo if you are trying to dissolve kidney stones.
Sources:Chinese Herbal Cures by Henry C LuDr. Wen Zi - U of A Medical Center