San Qi (Tian Qi) - Pseudoginseng Root

TCM Materia Medica

San Qi (Tian Qi) TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "san qi (tian qi)" which in english is San Qi (Tian Qi) herb"pseudoginseng root", is categorized within the "herbs that stop bleeding" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, liver and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-9g
  • Powder: 1-3g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Stops bleeding, transforms blood stasis - internal and external bleeding such as vomiting blood, nosebleed, blood in the urine or stool.
  • Can stop bleeding without causing blood stasis.
  • Traumatic injuries - alleviate pain, reduce swelling from falls, fracture, sprains.
  • Invigorates the blood - chest and abdominal pain, joint pain from blood stasis.

San Qi (Tian Qi) has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid During Pregnancy

San Qi (Tian Qi) may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, san qi (tian qi) is generally included in the following 3 formulas:

ViewFu Fang Dan Shen Wan (Saliva Compound Pill)

For a range of stagnation issues in the stomach/epigastric/heart region - gastritis, epigastric pain, peptic ulcer disease. A range of liver issues including hepatitis and cirrhosis. For stasis of …

ViewJin Gu Die Da Wan (Tendon and Bone Injury Healing)

Bruising, sprains, swelling from soft tissue injuries. Broken or bruised bones. For post surgery recovery. For any other type of acute trauma to the body.

ViewYunnan Baiyao (White Powder From Yun Nan)

A very important formula to stop bleeding (generally from any cause) in Chinese Medicine.  Can be used topically and orally and comes in two primary formats (capsules and powder vials).  It is used i…

As noted above, san qi (tian qi) is within the herbs that stop bleeding functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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