Please note that you should never self-prescribe TCM ingredients. A TCM ingredient is almost never eaten on its own but as part of a formula containing several ingredients that act together. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.
Preparation: The musk secretions should be extracted from the gland and dried.
Dosage: 0.075 - 0.15 grams
Main actions according to TCM*: Opens the Orifices and awakens the spirit. Moves Blood and reduces inflammation and pain. Moves downward, assisting the delivery of late or stillborn babies.
Contraindications*: This herb should not be used by pregnant women nor should it be used in cases of Yin Deficiency with Heat signs. It should be used with caution by those with high blood pressure.
Source date: 752 AD
Number of ingredients: 17 herbs
Formula key actions: Clears Heat. Opens the sensory orifices. Controls spasms and convulsions. Extinguishes Wind.
She Xiang is a king ingredient in Zi Xue Dan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
In Zi Xue Dan, She Xiang opens the orifices of the Heart and restore consciousness.
Source date: 1075
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Formula key actions: Clears Heat. Opens the sensory orifices. Resolves toxicity. Transforms Phlegm .
She Xiang is a king ingredient in Zhi Bao Dan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
In Zhi Bao Dan, She Xiang is highly aromatic and scurries everywhere. It penetrates all the Channels and it good for unblocking all the orifices of the body.
Musk and Water buffalo horn works well together to clear Heat and open the sensory orifices.
Source date: Late 18th century
Number of ingredients: 19 herbs
Formula key actions: Opens the sensory orifices. Arrests spasms and convulsions. Clears Heat and transforms Phlegm.
She Xiang is a king ingredient in Hui Chun Dan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
In Hui Chun Dan, She Xiang is highly aromatic and opens the sensory orifices. This herb is specifically indicated for childhood convulsions and seizures.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), She Xiang belongs to the 'Herbs that open the Orifices' category. The functions of these herbs are much more platonic than the name implies. They're used to help treat conditions associated with central nervous system collapse, including strokes and coma.
Furthermore She Xiang is Warm in nature. This means that She Xiang tends to help people who have too much 'Cold' in their body, although with less effect than a plant that would be Hot in nature. Balance between Yin and Yang is a key health concept in TCM. Those who have too much Cold in their body are said to either have a Yin Excess (because Yin is Cold in nature) or a Yang Deficiency (Yang is Hot in Nature). Depending on your condition She Xiang can help restore a harmonious balance between Yin and Yang.
She Xiang also tastes Pungent. The so-called 'Five Phases' theory in Chinese Medicine states that the taste of TCM ingredients is a key determinant of their action in the body. Pungent ingredients like She Xiang tends to promote the circulations of Qi and Body Fluids. That's why for instance someone tends to sweat a lot when they eat spicy/pungent food.
The tastes of ingredients in TCM also determine what Organs and Meridians they target. As such She Xiang is thought to target the Spleen, the Heart and the Liver. In TCM the Spleen assists with digestion, Blood coagulation and Fluids metabolism in the body. In addition to regulating Blood flow, the Heart is believed to be the store of the 'Mind' which basically refers to someone's vitality. The Liver is often referred as the body's "general" because it is in charge of regulating the movements of Qi and the Body Fluids. It also takes a leading role in balancing our emotions.