Herb Formulas Notebook

Sheng Mai San

Restore the Pulse Powder

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Source: Expounding on the Origins of Medicine (Yuan dynasty)

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi

Pattern: Lung Qi and Yin deficiency

Key Symptoms: Spontaneous sweating, shortness of breath, dry mouth and tongue
Secondary Symptoms: Chronic cough with sparse sputum that is difficult to expectorate, laconic speech

Tongue: Pale red with dry, thin coating
Pulse: Deficient and rapid, or deficient and thin
Abdomen: Weak and soft

Ren Shen 9-15g
Mai Men Dong 9-15g
Wu Wei Zi 3-6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Augments the Qi, generates fluids, preserves the Yin, stops excessive sweating

Contraindications: Should be used with extreme caution in cases of high fever or where a pathogenic influence is present as it may prolong the disease.

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Radix Ginseng(Ginseng root)3g(Emperor)
Herba Verbasci(Mullein)3g(Minister)
Herba Thymi(Thyme)7g(Minister)
Flos Malvae (Mallow blossoms)5g(Minister)
Fructus Rubi idaei immatrurus(Unripe Raspberry)5g(Assistant)
Fructus Juniperi(Juniper berries)3g(Assistant)
Radix Glycyrrhizae(Licorice root)2g(Assistant)

Research Links:
Science Direct
Google Scholar
Journal of Chinese Medicine
American Dragon

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.