Sheng Ma (Black Cohosh Rhizome, Bugbane Rhizome)

Sheng Ma (Black Cohosh Rhizome, Bugbane Rhizome)

Herb 12 of 12 in Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior

Cool Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae)
Sweet, Spicy, Cool
Rhizoma Cimicifugae
Tone Marks:
shēng má
Ascending Hemp
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Chinese Herb 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & 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

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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

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

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Toast with honey for middle Jiao prolapse.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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