Chinese Herbs: Sha Ren (Cardamom (Grains of Paradise Fruit)), Fructus Amomi
Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Chinese Herb Actions
Moves Qi, Transforms Damp, Strengthens Spleen
For indigestion, abdominal distention and pain, epigastric distention and pain, lack of appetitie, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Warms the Spleen, Stops Diarrhea
For diarrhea due to cold in the Spleen
- Calms Fetus, Stabilizes Pregnancy
For a restless fetus due to an unstable pregnancy, morning sickness, bleeding, and abdominal pain.
Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions
- Do not use in cases of heat due to Yin Deficiency
- Sha Ren has anti-platelet action and caution should be used with patients taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant meds. This possible interaction is undocumented.
Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose
- None noted, though allergic reactions have occurred with pruritis
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Chinese Herb Dosage
- 3-6 grams in decoction, added at the end of cooking 12
- 3-6 grams in decoction, crush and add at end of cooking 13
Chinese Herb Notes
- This herb is warming and helps the Qi to flow smoothly thereby harmonizing the Middle Jiao and naturally calming the fetus.
Chinese Herb Clinical Studies & Research
- Gastroprotective effect of cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum Maton. fruits in rats.
J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Jan 16;103(2):149-53. Epub 2005 Nov
- Cardamom extract as inhibitor of human platelet aggregation.
Phytother Res. 2005 May;19(5):437-40.
- Dietary cardamom inhibits the formation of azoxymethane-induced aberrant crypt foci in mice and reduces COX-2 and iNOS expression in the colon.
Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2005 Apr-Jun;6(2):118-22.
- Evaluation of the gastric antiulcerogenic effect of large cardamom (fruits of Amomum subulatum Roxb).
J Ethnopharmacol. 2001 May;75(2-3):89-94.
- Sha Ren has demonstrated inhibiting and stimulating gastrointestinal (1) effects and mild antiplatelet effects (2).
- Sha Ren is shown to be effective on patients with nausea (3) and peptic ulcer disease (4).
- 1. Zhong Yao xue, 1998; 326:327
- 2. Zhong Yao Yao Li Yu Lin Chuan, 1990; 6(5):32
- 3. Zhong Yao Xue, 1998; 326:327
- 4. Fu Jian zhong Yi Yao, 1983; (6):36
This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:
Dan Shen Yin (Salvia Decoction)
Formulas that Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
Jian Pi Wan (Strengthen the Spleen Pill)
Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San (Ginseng, Poria, and Atractylodes Macrocephala Powder)
Formulas that Tonify the Qi
Zhong Man Fen Xiao Wan (Separate and Reduce Fullness in the Middle Pill)
Formulas that Clear Damp-Heat