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Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bugbane Rhizomes (Sheng Ma) as a principal ingredient.
Invented in Craft of Medicines and Patterns for Children, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Wind-Heat. Its main actions are: 1) releases the muscle layer and 2) vents rashes.
In Chinese Medicine health conditions are thought to arise due to "disharmonies" in the body as a system. These disharmonies are called "patterns" and the very purpose of herbal formulas is to fight them in order to restore the body's harmony.
From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as measles, herpes zoster or herpes simplex for instance.
On this page, after a detailed description of each of the four ingredients in Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang helps treat.
Sheng Ma is a king ingredient in Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried rhizome
Ge Gen is a deputy ingredient in Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.
Part used: Dried root
Ge Gen stimulates and disperses functioning in the superficial body levels and hence unblocks the pores and interstices to assist in ventig the rash. It also raises the Body Fluids for expelling the Heat.
Gan Cao is an assistant ingredient in Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
Part used: Dried root and rhizome
Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency
Gan Cao stregthens the Qi and remove Toxins thus helping the key and deputy berbs clearing Heat and venting the rash. The substitution of untreated Liquorice is common due to its ability to resolve toxicity at a higher extent in comparison that of the honeyfried variety.
Chi Shao is an assistant ingredient in Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
Part used: Dried root
Meridian affinity: Liver
Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood
In general Chi Shao's main actions are as follows: "Moves Blood, relieves pain and reduces swelling. Cools the Blood and the Liver."
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