Sha Ren


Sha Ren in TCM:

Explore the properties of Sha Ren according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: amomum, villous amomum fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Amomi
Properties: acrid, warm, aromatic

Temperature: warm

Channels: ST, SP

Flavors: aromatic, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, clears damp

Actions / Indications:
  • Transforms Damp stagnation of middle jiao (distress of SP and ST due to dampness or stagnant qi, epigastric fullness and bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, poor appetite, also prevents cloying of tonifying herbs)
  • Warms Middle Jiao; stops vomit and diarrhea (cold epigastric pain, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Calms Fetus (bleeding and abdominal pain during pregnancy, morning sickness, restless fetus)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)
  • (cooking: crush and add at the end)

    Special Notes:
  • There are 4 major herbs to treat unstable pregnancy. Sha Ren is best for qi stagnation in the middle burner, while Du Zhong calms restless fetus due to KD and LV deficiency. Huang Qin calms restless fetus caused by heat, while Bai Zhu treats restless qi due to SP deficiency.
  • For severe vomiting in pregnancy add Ban Xia.