AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE HERBS
Pinyin: sha ren
ENGLISH NAME: Chinese Amomum (Fruit)
LATIN NAME: Amomi Fructus
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Regulates Qi, Dissolves Dampness, Strengthens the Spleen
2. W arms the Middle, Stops Diarrhea
3. Stabilizes Pregnancy
3 to 6 grams. Sha Ren should be added last to the decoction, as prolonged cooking destroys its effectiveness. The fresh herb has a stronger function than the dried herb to regulate qi, reduce distention, and relieve pain. Salt-fried Sha Ren functions more effectively to descend qi, calm the fetus, and stop frequent urination or diarrhea.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Sha Ren is contraindicated in patients with yin-deficient heat.
• Oral ingestion of Sha Ren is sometimes associated with