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Sheng Ma (Black Cohosh Rhizome, Bugbane Rhizome)

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Cool Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae)
Channels:
LI, LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Spicy, Cool
Latin:
Rhizoma Cimicifugae
Chinese:
升麻
Tone Marks:
shēng má
Translation:
Ascending Hemp

Actions

  • Disperses Wind-Heat and Vents Measles
    For headache, sore throat and used in the early stages of measles.
  • Clears Heat and Toxins
    Used when toxins manifest in the upper parts of the body, including toothache, gingivitis, ulcerated lips or gums, and canker sores.
  • Raises the Yang Qi
    Used for Middle Jiao Qi deficiency manifesting as fatigue, shortness of breath, and prolapse.
  • Also used to guide other herbs to the upper regions of the body.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Contraindicated in hyperactive fire symptoms, underlYing Yin Deficiency, excess in the upper, and deficiency in the lower. Also contraindicated in fully erupted measles.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Over dosage may cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, gastroenteritis, and tremors.

Dosage

  • 1.5-9 grams.
  • Part used: rhizome or root.

Notes

  • Toast with honey for middle Jiao prolapse.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: