Uncaria Vine With Hooks

Uncaria Vine with Hooks /  Uncaria rhynchophylla - review forms and sizes below. 


  • Cool
  • Sweet
  • Blurry Vision
  • Headache
  • Liver Heat
  • Swollen Eyes
  • Arthritis
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Mild Tremors

Other Names

  • Gamdir vine
  • Uncaria with stems and hooks
  • Uncaria rhynchophylla
  • Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis

Pin Yin Name

  • Gou Teng

Caution / Drug Interaction

  • Do not use if pregnant or nursing
  • Do not use longer than four weeks
  • Do not use if Qi deficindy

Chemical Components of Gou Teng

3. Isocorynoxeine
4. Corynantheine
5. Dihydrocorynantheine
6. Hirsutine
7. Hirsuteine
8. Corynoxeine
9. Isocorynoxeine
10. Hirsutine

How to Use Bulk Herbs

Capsules Extracts & Tinctures Teas & Infusions 

With so many different ways to use bulk herbs, it is easy to get confused. In order to understand how to use the different parts of the plant, please see our informational chart below. We also have several helpful pages if you need additional information. Check out our How to Use Bulk Herbs page to see how to use herbs correctly. 

Parts of Plants Tincture Decoction Syrup/Gargle Topical/Facial Tea/Infusion Cooking/Soups
Hard/Dried Berries ✓  ✓  Powder first.    ✓ 
Soft Fruit ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
 Leaves   ✓    ✓ 
Roots/Tubers ✓  Decoct first.  Powder first.    ✓ 
Bark ✓  Decoct first. ✓   
Stems ✓  Decoct first.  Powder first.  
Flowers    Make tea first.  Powder first. ✓   
Mushrooms/Fungus   Decoct first.  Decoct first.   

 About Gou Teng
Gou Teng should be used under doctors supervisor due to the affects on the body.  In large amounts, or used over an extended period of time Gou Teng may cause swollen feet, nausea, and diarrhea.

Research completed by scientists in the Department of Oriental Pharmaceutical Science at South Korea’s Kyung Hee University found the aqueous extract of gou teng may increase serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in mood and cognitive improvements, as well as help in the treatment of OCD, IBS, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.

Gou Teng is now one of the herbs which is listed in the Lyme books written by Stephen Buhner. Do not confuse this herb with Uncaria Tomentosa. 

Stephen Buhner's supplement guide also includes:

Artemisinin capsuls (100 mg) 3x daily for 30-40 days
Red root (ceanothus spp) tincture: one-half to one and one-half teaspoons (30-90 drops) to 4x day
Boneset tea (eupatorium perfoliatum) 2-4 cups daily for shaking chills, sweats and fevers


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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.


Yu CS, Fei L. A Clinical Guide to Chinese Herbs and Formulae. Translated by Jin Hui. Churchill Livingstone, 1993.