Zhu Sha - Cinnabar

TCM Materia Medica

Zhu Sha TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "zhu sha" which in english is "cinnabar", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart channels and exhibits 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:

  • Dosage: 0.3-2.7g pill or powder
  • Do not heat

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

  • Sedates the heart, calms the spirit - restlessness, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, convulsion.
  • Clears heat, relieves toxicity - carbuncles, sore throat.

Zhu Sha has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Mercury Toxicity.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, zhu sha is generally included in the following 3 formulas:

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    As noted above, zhu sha is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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