Sheng Jiang


Sheng Jiang in TCM:

Explore the properties of Sheng Jiang according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: fresh ginger
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens
Properties: acrid, slightly warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, ST, SP

Flavors: pungent

Special Properties:
disperses cold, eliminates toxins, disperses wind

    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng Jiang Pi (skin of ginger root) (acrid, cool): promotes urination, reduces edema to treat urinary dysfunction and edema.

Actions / Indications:
  • Expel exterior wind cold (induce sweat to expel exterior wind-cold; in combination with da zao to harmonize ying and wei qi for wind-cold deficient type; very mild function for mild conditions or as supplemental herb)
  • Warms middle jiao; Stops vomiting (for nausea and vomit due to cold in Stomach; in combination to harmonize middle jiao or to treat morning sickness; used to prevent seafood poisoning)
  • Reduces Toxicity of other herbs (Resolves toxicity: Ban Xia and Tian Nan Xing should be processed with sheng jiang to reduce unwanted side effects)
  • Warms LU; Disperses cold; stops cough (very mild function, needs to be in combination; cough due to wind-cold or chronic cough with phlegm)

    Special Notes:
  • Combine Sheng Jiang with Da Zao to harmonize ying and wei - harmonize middle jiao
  • 5 herbs often combined together to treat edema are Sheng Jiang Pi, Da Fu Pi, Sang Bai Pi, Fu Ling, and Chen Pi (see formula: Wu Pi Yin)