Sheng JiangBotanical Name: Zingiberis Rhizoma recens Common Name: Fresh Ginger
Category: Warm, Acrid Herbs that Release the ExteriorTaste: Acrid Temperature: Slightly Warm
Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen, Stomach
Cautions & Contraindications:
- As with all acrid, warm, dispersing herbs, its use is contraindicated when there is spontaneous sweating from exterior deficiency, heat from yin deficiency, or any pattern with abundant heat.
Actions & Indications:
- Releases the exterior and disperses cold: for exterior cold patterns.
- Warms the middle burner and alleviates vomiting: for cold in the Stomach, especially when there is vomiting.
- Warms the Lungs and stops cough: for cough due to both acute wind-cold cough patterns and chronic Lung disorders with phlegm.
- Resolves toxicity: for resolving toxicity or treating the effects of overdose of other herbs, such as Fu Zi or Ban Xia, or for sea-food poisoning.
- For bi syndrome, slices of Sheng Jiang are used with needles and moxa. The needle is inserted first, a slice of Sheng Jiang with a hole pierced in the center is slid over the needle, and loose moxa is formed into a mound over the Sheng Jiang. The moxa is then burned.
- Sheng Jiang is often used to process other herbs to reduce their toxicity.
- Stops the production of phlegm to treat cough.
- Adjusts the Ying Qi and Wei Qi and strengthens the Spleen, indirectly supporting the Lung and wei qi, to both treat and prevent external invasions.