TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "sha shen" which in english is "glehnia root", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cool and sweet (gan) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Sha Shen has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding sha shen:
There are two types of sha shen - bei sha shen and nan sha shen. Bei sha shen is most commonly used.
A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Sha Shen, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence lung yin deficiency.
Sha Shen may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: cough
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, sha shen is generally included in the following 2 formulas:
As noted above, sha shen is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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