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Sheng Mai San (Generate the Pulse Powder)

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  • Formulas that Tonify the Qi


  • Qi and Yin deficiency of the Lungs


  • Tonifies Qi, stops excess sweating, and alleviates fatigue
  • Nourishes Yin and Fluids and moistens dryness.


  • Chronic cough with scanty sputum that is difficult to expectorate, spontaneous sweating, shortness of breath, and a dry tongue and mouth
  • Possible other symptoms include palpitations, insomnia, and fatigue.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Pale red or red tongue with thin dry coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Empty, thin, possibly weak and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis
  • Supraventricular Arrhythmias
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Post-Bypass Debility

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use this formula in cases where Qi and Yin deficiency are accompanied by exogenous pathogens
  • Do not is cases with high fever or summer heat fever where there is no impairment of Qi and fluids.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Xi Yang Shen or Dang Shen at 2-3 times the Ren Shen dosage can be substituted if the condition is mild.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Clarifying Doubts About Injury from Internal and External Causes (Nei Wai Shang Bian Huo Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Kidneys

Substances in this Formula (3 Total):

Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Ren Shen (Ginseng Root) 人参
Qty: 9-15 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin: Radix Ginseng
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici)
Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber) 麦门冬
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: SP, ST, HT (LU)
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin: Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Yin
Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis)
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Fruit) 五味子
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LU
Prop: Sour, Warm
Latin: Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
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