English Name: adenophora, glehnia
Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Adenophorae seu Glehniae
Medica Category: Yin-Tonifying Herbs
Properties: Sha Shen enters the Lung and Stomach channels; it is sweet in nature and cool in temperature.
What is Sha Shen?:
The Chinese Herb Sha Shen is the dried root of one of two species of plant:
Sha Shen moistens the Lung and stops cough to address non-productive cough due to Lung yin deficiency. It is also indicated for consumptive cough with blood-streaked sputum.
Sha Shen nourishes the stomach and generates body fluids and is often used after a long fever or febrile disease when there is dry mouth and throat (with a red tongue with no coat) accompanied by constipation (due to chronic stomach yin deficiency).
Sha Shen is contraindicated for coughs caused by wind-cold attack; also not suitable for use with coughs characterized by cold and damp (i.e. those with profuse white/watery sputum).
Sha Shen is contraindicated for persons with deficiency and cold in the Spleen and Stomach.
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