Sheng Jiang - Release Exterior: Wind Cold
(LU, SP, ST) - (3-9g)


... Sheng Jiang is fresh Ginger.

I tell you what Mr. Frodo sir - Every time I see that Ginger outside when its cold she offers me hot chocolate - but I get the butterflies and go right to vomiting! All the other girls are so much nicer and less toxic to me when she's around but last winter one o' them meaner girls got me high on pipe weed and gave me a cold cough. And that ain't no hobbit jive neither Mr. Frodo, you can even ask Mr. Da Zao will harmonize my story for you!

English Name: fresh ginger
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens
Properties: acrid, slightly warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
outside when its cold expel exterior wind cold
hot chocolate... vomiting warms middle jiao; stops vomiting
other girls ...nicer less toxic reduces toxicity of other herbs (Ban Xia, Tian Nan Xing, etc...)
pipe weed... cold cough warms LU; disperses cold; stops cough
Da Zao... harmonize Da Zao and Sheng Jiang combined to balance/harmonize Ying and Wei


      Sheng Jiang Actions and Indications
  • Expel exterior wind cold (induce sweat to expel exterior wind-cold; in combination with da zao to harmonize ying and wei qi for wind-cold deficient type; very mild function for mild conditions or as supplemental herb)
  • Warms middle jiao; Stops vomiting (for nausea and vomit due to cold in Stomach; in combination to harmonize middle jiao or to treat morning sickness; used to prevent seafood poisoning)
  • Reduces Toxicity of other herbs (Resolves toxicity: Ban Xia and Tian Nan Xing should be processed with sheng jiang to reduce unwanted side effects)
  • Warms LU; Disperses cold; stops cough (very mild function, needs to be in combination; cough due to wind-cold or chronic cough with phlegm)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng Jiang Pi (skin of ginger root) (acrid, cool): promotes urination, reduces edema to treat urinary dysfunction and edema.
    Special Notes:
  • Combine Sheng Jiang with Da Zao to harmonize ying and wei - harmonize middle jiao
  • 5 herbs often combined together to treat edema are Sheng Jiang Pi, Da Fu Pi, Sang Bai Pi, Fu Ling, and Chen Pi (see formula: Wu Pi Yin)

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