Shi Shang Bo - Doederlein's Spikemoss

TCM Materia Medica

Shi Shang Bo TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "shi shang bo" which in english is "doederlein's spikemoss", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, liver and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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:  10-30g.

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

  • Clears heat in the lungs - sore throat, cough, asthma, mastitis.
  • Damp heat related rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, pain and/or swelling in the eyes.

A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Shi Shang Bo, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence liver and gallbladder damp heat and/or lung dampness - phlegm heat.

Shi Shang Bo may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: asthma, cough, dysentary, rheumatoid arthritis (ra) and/or sore throat

As noted above, shi shang bo is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically sick. )".

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