She Gan


She Gan in TCM:

Explore the properties of She Gan according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: belamcanda, blackberry lilly rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Belamcandae
Properties: bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears toxic heat; benefits throat (pain and swelling of throat due to fire excess, toxin, or phlegm-heat obstruction; may be used alone for mild or severe sore throat)
  • Transforms phlegm; clears LU (dyspnea, coushing with profuse sputum, coughing and wheezing due to phlegm-heat obstruction; may combine with warm herbs to treat obstruction and blockage due to cold phlegm)
  • (cc: SP deficiency with diarrhea)

    Special Notes:
  • She Gan sedates LU heat and disperses phlegm, while Ma Bo clears LU heat and benefits the throat.
  • She Gan and Shan Dou Gen have similar actions to clear heat, shan dou gen is stronger to sedate fire.