Names Of Shi Gao
How Is Shi Gao Categorized?
Our Database Has 16 TCM Herbs In The Herbs That Drain Fire Category
How Is Shi Gao Used Clinically?
Shi Gao Usages and Indications
- The most important herb to clear internal heat, especially in the qi and yang ming levels.
- Clears heat, drains fire (heavy, descending) - high fever with no chills, excessive thirst, sweating, flooding and big pulse (the "4 bigs"), irritability, red tongue with yellow coat.
- Clears excess lung heat - cough, wheezing, fever, thick yellow sputum.
- Clears blazing stomach fire - headache, toothache, painful and swollen gums.
- Topically for eczema, burns, ulcerated sores; may also be taken internally.
Cautions and Contraindications
- Avoid in patients with a weak stomach, weak pulse, and yang deficiency.
- Avoid in cases with heat from yin deficiency.
How Is Shi Gao Prepared?
Dosage and Preparation Notes For Shi Gao
- Dosage: 9-30g
- Up to 90g for very high fevers
- Break up and cook 30 minutes before adding other herbs
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Notes From Our Clinicians For Shi Gao
Staff Clinical Notes
- Unlike other bitter-cold herbs that clear heat (not for long periods, hidden heat syndromes, injure yin (bitterness) and stomach), Shi Gao is bitter and sweet - benefits yin, clears heat without hurting the stomach.
- When the calcined form is used it is for burns, eczema, abscesses, and nonhealing ulcers.
- Many texts do not require Shi Gao to be cooked longer - this seems to be the right way, however, according to research and experience.
Formulas Which Generally Contain Shi Gao
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