Pinyin: sheng jiang
ENGLISH NAME: Ginger
LATIN NAME: Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens
Properties: acrid, slightly warm
Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen, Stomach
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Releases the Exterior and Induces
2. Warms the Middle Jiao and Alleviates Vomiting
3. W arms the Lung and Stops Coughing
4. Eliminates Toxins
3 to 10 grams for fresh herb in decoction. Maximum dosage for Sheng Jiang is 30 grams. Fresh Sheng Jiang may be ground into paste for topical application.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Sheng Jiang is acrid and warm and may damage qi and yin. Therefore, it should not be used for patients who have yin deficiency, excess heat, or spontaneous perspiration because of qi deficiency.
• Due to its warm nature, Sheng Jiang may generate heat in the body. Thus, it should not be given on a long-term basis, in order to avoid causing heat accumulation.