TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "shan zha" which in english is "hawthorn fruit", is categorized within the "herbs that relieve food stagnation" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits sour (suan), 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Shan Zha may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, diarrhea, hernia and/or hypertension (high blood pressure)
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, shan zha is generally included in the following 5 formulas:
As noted above, shan zha is within the herbs that relieve food stagnation functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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