Sheng Di Huang - Rehmannia

TCM Materia Medica

Sheng Di Huang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "sheng di huang" which in english is Sheng Di Huang herb"rehmannia", is categorized within the "herbs that cool the blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and liver channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) 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:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

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

  • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood.
  • Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mouth, low-grade fever, constipation, throat pain from yin deficiency.
  • Cools Ascending Heart Fire (HT, LV). Mouth and tongue sores, irritability, insomnia, malar flush.
  • Wasting thirst disorder.

Sheng Di Huang has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Spleen Deficiency, Yang Deficiency, Damp Phlegm, Digestion Difficulties.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding sheng di huang:

Compare with Xuan Shen: Both are for internal heat syndromes with yin deficiency. Clears heat from qi, ying, and blood levels.

Sheng Di Huang may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: fever, hemorrhoids, insomnia, irritability and/or mouth sores (ulcers)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, sheng di huang is generally included in the following 19 formulas:

  • Bai He Gu Jin Wan (Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal) - General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, h…
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  • Chu Kou Wei Wan (Chu Kou Wei Wan) - Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, th…
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  • Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction) - Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood defic…
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  • Gu Ben Wan (Replenish the Root Teapills) - Dryness from yin deficiency - dry skin, dry eyes, dry cough…
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  • Jiang Ya Wan (Repress The Blood Pressure Pills) - Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat sign…
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  • Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet) - Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible inco…
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  • Long Dan Xie Gan Wan (Gentiana Purge Liver Formula) - Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability…
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  • Mai Men Dong Yin Zi Wan (Ophiopogon and Trichosanthes Combination) - Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified versio…
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  • Nei Xiao Luo Li Wan (Internally Reducing Cervical Lymphadenitis Pills) - Phlegm obstructions - generally benign masses, lumps, swell…
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  • Qing Hao Bie Jia Wan (Artemisia Annua and Soft-Shelled Turtle Formula) - Heat at night (nightsweats, sensation of heat) with a sen…
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  • Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan (Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction) - Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the chann…
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  • Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan (Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart) - Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, hot flashes,…
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  • Xiao Feng Wan (Clear Wind Pill) - Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasi…
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  • Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan (Knee Joint Pain Relief) - Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms. Knee i…
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  • Yi Guan Jian Wan (Linking Decoction) - GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver…
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  • Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills) - Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin defici…
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  • Zhong Feng Hui Chun Wan (Stroke Recovery Pills) - Bell's Palsy, facial paralysis, slurry of speech, difficult…
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  • Zhuang Gu Guan Jie Wan (Invigorate Bone and Joint Pills) - Damp and Cold bi-syndromes - arthritis (osteo primarily), j…
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  • Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan (Sciatica Pills) - Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the l…
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    As noted above, sheng di huang is within the herbs that cool the blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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