Tian Ma

Below are all forms of Tian Ma / Gastrodia Rhizome, a Traditional Chinese Herb.

How to Use


The roots of the gastrodia herb, known in China as tian ma, are noted for their carminative, cholagogue, analgesic, sedative and antispasmodic qualities while the stem is known for its tonic and aphrodisiac properties.

Gastrodia refers to the tuber of an orchid, Gastrodia elata.

Gastrodia root has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a substance that Extinguishes Wind and Stops Tremors. It helps calm and nourish the Liver, reduces Wind, may lessen some kinds of spasms, and may reduce some kinds of pain and numbness. Gastrodia enters the Liver channel. Gastrodia root is not right for everybody. Consult a health care practitioner to see if it is right for you.

Chemical Components of Gastrodia

  • 4-Hydroxybenzaldehyde
  • Gastrodine
  • Vanilline
  • Vanillic acid
  • β-sitosterol


  • Nervous relaxant
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Headaches
  • Neurological diseases including stroke, epilepsy
  • Relieve wind and remove obstruction
  • Calms the liver
  • Extinguishes liver wind from either cold or heat patterns
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Sweet in taste
  • Neutral in nature
  • Liver
  • Improves blood flow to the brain
  • Protects the heart muscle

 Other Names

  • Gastrodia elata rhizome
  • Tenma
  • Ch'ibna
  • Gastrodia Tuber

Pin Yin Name

  • Tian Ma

Caution / Drug Interaction

  • Do not use if pregnant or nursing
  • Allergy info: Prepared in a pharmacy that handles gluten, soy, wheat, cuttlefish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds.

Packaging and Storage
Processing and storage standards make the difference in preserving the quality of our herbs. Our herbs have a shelf life of 24-36 months. Our natural herbs retain their freshness and quality without added preservatives. Special measures are taken to store the herbal materials to maintain their optimum required conditions for humidity, temperature and protection from light.