Sha Ren - Aromatics that Transform Damp
SP, ST (1.5-6g)


Sha Ren - Sharen the Barren

After Sharen the Barren aborted her fetus due to severe cold vomit and diarrhea she felt CRUSHED, so she started dancing to prevent damp qi stagnation in the middle jiao.

After the incident she had many hot sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency with heat) recalling the tragedy.

English Name: amomum, villous amomum fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Amomi
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic

Explanation of Key Words in this story...
fetus calms fetus
cold vomit and diarrhea warms middle jiao; stops nausea and vomiting
CRUSHED cooking: crush and add near the end
damp qi stagnation of the middle jiao Transforms damp stagnation of middle jiao


      Sha Ren Actions and Indications
  • Transforms Damp stagnation of middle jiao (distress of SP and ST due to dampness or stagnant qi, epigastric fullness and bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, poor appetite, also prevents cloying of tonifying herbs)
  • Warms Middle Jiao; stops vomit and diarrhea (cold epigastric pain, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Calms Fetus (bleeding and abdominal pain during pregnancy, morning sickness, restless fetus)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)
  • (cooking: crush and add at the end)
    Special Notes:
  • There are 4 major herbs to treat unstable pregnancy. Sha Ren is best for qi stagnation in the middle burner, while Du Zhong calms restless fetus due to KD and LV deficiency. Huang Qin calms restless fetus caused by heat, while Bai Zhu treats restless qi due to SP deficiency.
  • For severe vomiting in pregnancy add Ban Xia.

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