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Sha Shen (Adenophora Root, Four Leaf Lady Bell Root)

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Cool Sha Shen (Glehniae/Adenophorae Radix)
Sweet, Cool, Slightly Bitter
Glehniae/Adenophorae Radix
Tone Marks:
shā shēn
Sand Root From the South


  • Nourishes Lung Yin, Stops Cough, Dispels Phlegm
    For dry, non-productive cough. Also for cough with yellow, scanty, difficult to expectorate sputum or blood streaked sputum. Associated symptoms include dry mouth, dry throat, dry nasal cavity, voice loss, sore throat
  • Nourishes Stomach, Generates Fluid
    For thirst and dry mouth, red/dry tongue, and constipation associated with Stomach Yin Deficiency. Also for aftermath of febrile disease with low grade fever and peeled tongue coat.
  • Moistens Exterior
    For dry skin, itchy skin especially due to cold weather

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of cough due to Wind-Cold

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • No toxicity noted
  • Possible allergic reactions may follow constant intense contact like that of those who work in herbal factories. Contact dermatitis results.


  • 10-15 grams dried in decoction, 15-60 grams fresh in decoction 12
  • 9-15 grams in decoction 13


  • This herb antagonizes Fen Fang Ji (Radix Stephaniae Tetandrae)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

This herb is incompatible with:
  • Li Lu (Radix Et Rhizoma Veratri)