The TCM herb "sheng ma" which in english is "black cohosh rhizome, bugbane rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, lung, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, 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:
Sheng Ma has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding sheng ma:
Sheng Ma may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: fatigue, headache and/or skin problems (rash)
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, sheng ma is generally included in the following 6 formulas:
Coldness of the limbs, borborygmus with loose stools or diarrhea due to spleen yang deficiency. Spontaneous or easy sweating, general fatigue, changes in appetite due to spleen qi deficiency. Pale …
Acute febrile disorder (wind-heat & damp-phlegm) of the head - strong fever and chills, burning pain of head and face, red and/or swollen eyes, sore throat, aversion to cold, dryness, thirst. …
Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions. One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one dis…
Colds and/or allergies with heat signs (yellow mucus and/or fever, etc.). Chronic sinus congestions / issues, chronic sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, loss of smell. Nasal polyps with the right underly…
Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or no fever, etc.). Chronic sinus congestions / issues, chronic sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, loss of smell. Headaches from sinus congestion.
As noted above, sheng ma is within the herbs that release the exterior wind heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
(truncated intro "... many are acrid and warm severe fever with mild chills and sore throat. some are good for venting rashes or wind-heat eye problems. )".
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