Sheng Ma


Sheng Ma in TCM:

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


English Name: cimicifuga, large trifoliolious bugbane rhizome, dahurian bugbane rhizome, skunk bugbane rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Cimicifugae
Properties: acrid, sweet, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: LU, LI, ST, SP

Flavors: sweet, pungent

Special Properties:
clears heat, eliminates toxins, disperses wind

Actions / Indications:
  • Strongly Raises SP Yang (shortness of breath, fatigue, prolapse of organs due to SP yang qi sinking, acts as an upward guiding herb)
  • Release exterior; vents measles (fever, itching, external wind-heat headache, sore throat or early stage measles)
  • Clears toxic heat (fire toxin in upper portion of body, particularly in mouth and throat: toothache, red swollen painful gums, lip ulcers, canker sores, painful swollen throat)
  • (cc: heat due to yin deficiency, Liver yang rising, upper excess and lower deficiency)
  • (cc: fully erupted measles)

    Special Notes:
  • 3 herbs commonly combined to treat prolapse of internal organs are Sheng Ma, Chai Hu, and Ge Gen. A comparison of Ge Gen, Chai Hu, and Sheng Ma reveals that Ge Gen is weakest to lift SP yang while Sheng Ma is strongest to lift SP yang.