Sheng Jiang - Fresh Ginger Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Sheng Jiang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "sheng jiang" which in english is "fresh ginger rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid 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

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

  • Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi
  • Warms the middle jiao - stomach cold/vomiting
  • Alleviates coughing, warms lung
  • Reduces toxicity of other herbs

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

  • Avoid w/heat in LU or ST
  • Use cautiously in patients with hypertension

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, sheng jiang is generally included in the following 16 formulas:

  • Ban Xia Hou Po Wan (Pinellia & Magnolia Pills) - Plum pit qi (globus hystericus) and/or difficulty with swal…
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  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction) - A combination of gui zhi tang and xiao chai hu tang - toget…
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  • Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan (Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula) - Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility…
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  • Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction) - Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood defic…
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  • Er Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Wan (Two Aged Herbs & Three Seeds Nursing Pills) - Modified version of er chen wan - formula for clearing phle…
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  • Fang Ji Huang Qi Wan (Stephania and Astragalus Teapills) - Wind damp / wind edema (feng shui, literally "wind water") …
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  • Ge Gen Wan (Kudzu Decoction) - Wind-cold invasion with upper neck and back pain - cold or …
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  • Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Cinnamon Twig Decoction) - Gan Mao (wind-cold) - Common cold or flu (or related illnes…
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  • Huang Qi Gui Zhi Wu Wu Wan (Astragalus and Cinnamon Twig Five Herb Decoction) - Common with blood deficient patterns for dispersing interio…
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  • Jing Fang Bai Du Wan (Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences) - Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - commo…
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  • Ping Wei Wan (Calm the Stomach Powder) - Damp cold stagnation in the middle jiao - poor appetite, in…
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  • Qing Bi Wan (Clear The Nose Decoction) - Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medi…
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  • Qing Fei Wan (Clear The Lungs Decoction) - Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic…
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  • Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction) - Blood stagnation particularly in the head - migraines and/o…
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  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction) - Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating f…
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  • Yu Ping Feng Wan (Jade Windscreen Formula) - Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immu…
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    As noted above, sheng jiang is within the herbs that release the exterior wind cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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