Shan Zha - Relieve Food Stagnation
SP, ST, LV (9-15g)


Shan Zha - The Hunter Guide

Shanza the guide promised to help the hunters find food and normalize their cholesterol. But when they stepped in a pile of diarrhea they began running in circles and caused a traffic jam. "Forget it, I quit" said Shan Zha.

The hunters decided to be more careful when hunting in the future to help resolve their (cc: stomach acidity) and (cc: SP and ST deficiency without food stagnation)

English Name: crataegus, hawthorn berry, hawthorn fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Crataegi
Properties: sweet, sour, slightly warm

Explanation of Key Words in this story...
guide; traffic jam... diarrhea resolves and guides out food stagnation; stops diarrhea
running in circles... transforms blood stasis invigorates blood; disperse blood stasis
normalize their cholesterol treats high cholesterol


      Shan Zha Actions and Indications
  • Resolves and Guides out food stagnation; stops diarrhea (epigastric and abdominal fullness, pain, diarrhea and chronic dysenteric-like disorders: especially for accumulations of food from eating meat or greasy foods)
  • Invigorates blood; disperse blood stasis (hernia, menstrual cramps; amenorrhea; post-partum abdominal pain and clumbs due to blood stasis)
  • Treats high cholesterol (modern use for coronary artery disease, elevated serum cholesterol, hypertension)
  • (cc: SP and ST deficiency without food stagnation)
  • (cc: stomach acidity)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng- for blood stasis or food stagnation
  • Chao Jiao- to stop diarrhea and dysenteric disorder
    Special Notes:
  • Jiao San Xian has excellent function to relieve food stagnation. It consists of Shan Zha, Shen Qu, and Mai Ya - all charred.

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