Shen Qu - Medicated Leaven

TCM Materia Medica

Shen Qu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "shen qu" which in english is Shen Qu herb"medicated leaven", is categorized within the "herbs that relieve food stagnation" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, 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: 6-15g

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

  • Reduces food stagnation, strengthens stomach - stomach cold with food stagnation or accumulation, with epigastric and abdominal fullness or distention, lack of appetite, borborygmus, and diarrhea.
  • Aids in mineral digestion and absorption.

Shen Qu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, borborygmus, diarrhea and/or epigastric pain

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, shen qu is generally included in the following 7 formulas:

  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan (Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination) - Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp wit…
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  • Bao He Wan (Preserve Harmony Pills) - Epigastric and or abdominal fullness or painful distention …
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  • Bao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills) - Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul sm…
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  • Jian Pi Wan (Strengthen Spleen Pills) - For stomach and spleen qi deficiency with dampness that has…
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  • Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan (Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi) - Please note that there are two formulas with the same name …
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  • Te Xiao Zao Ren An Mian Wan (Peaceful Sleep Tablets) - Insomnia, vivid dreaming, nightmares. Acute emotional inst…
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  • Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill) - An important formula for plum pit qi and related issues ari…
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    As noted above, shen qu is within the herbs that relieve food stagnation functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... food stagnation often arises from emotional disturbances which cause the qi and/or blood to stagnate, improper dietary habits, phlegm, hea…)".

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