The TCM herb "shi gao" which in english is "gypsum", is categorized within the "herbs that drain fire" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Shi Gao has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding shi gao:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, shi gao is generally included in the following 4 formulas:
In 6 channel theory, Yang ming channel heat or the "4 bigs" - big thirst, big sweat, big thirst, big pulse - accordingly, fever, thirst, profuse sweating, aversion to heat. Many symptoms may fit t…
Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medicine - yellow and sticky discharge, sinusitis, rhinitis acute or chronic. Sinus headache, decreased olfactory sense.
Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc. Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac. Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.
As noted above, shi gao is within the herbs that drain fire functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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