Sha Ren (Cardamom (Grains of Paradise Fruit))
Herb 8 of 8 in Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
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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)
Category: Formulas that Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
- Jian Pi Wan (Strengthen the Spleen Pill)
Category: Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation
- Shen Ling Bai Zhu San (Ginseng, Poria, and Atractylodes Macrocephala Powder)
Category: Formulas that Tonify the Qi
- Zhong Man Fen Xiao Wan (Separate and Reduce Fullness in the Middle Pill)
Category: Formulas that Clear Damp-Heat