Pinyin: jian qu
ENGLISH NAME: Medicated Leaven
LATIN NAME: Massa Fermentata
Properties: sweet, acrid, warm
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
Dissolves Food Stagnation, Promotes Digestion and Harmonizes the Stomach
6 to 15 grams. Shen Qu is used in herbal decoctions, pills, and powder. Unprocessed,it treats food stagnation. Dry- fried, it strengthens the Spleen and Stomach and pro- motes digestion. Dry-fried Shen Qu is the preferred form of this herb.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Shen Qu should be used with caution during pregnancy.