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Shi Gao (Gypsum)

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Cold Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum)
Channels:
LU, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Spicy, Very Cold
Latin:
Gypsum Fibrosum
Chinese:
石膏
Tone Marks:
shí gāo
Translation:
Stone Paste

Actions

  • Clears Heat in the Qi level
    For very high fever, intense thirst, profuse sweating, big and flooding pulse, and a red tongue with a yellow coating.
  • Clears Heat in the Lungs
    For cough and wheezing with thick yellow sputum.
  • Clears Stomach Fire
    For inflamed and painful gums, toothache, and thirst.
  • For Burns, Abscesses, and Eczema
    Can be taken internally or applied topically for these symptoms.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Caution in patients with weak stomachs, weak pulse, Yang Deficiency, or Yin Deficiency Heat.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • May interfere with Anti-Diabetic drugs.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted.

Dosage

  • 9-30 grams, up to 90 grams for very high fever. Cook 20-30 minutes before adding other herbs.

Notes

  • Calcined form is best for external use.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: