Theory

Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction - TCM Herbal Formula


Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan Names

  • English Name: Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction
  • Pinyin Name: Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan
  • Alternate Names: Sha Shen Mai Dong Tang, Adenophora and Ophiopogon Combination
  • Chinese Character: 沙参麦冬玩



Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
  • Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
  • A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.

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Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan Has 7 Ingredients

Sha Shen

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  • Glehnia Root
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry, non-productive cough due to lung yin deficiency.
    • Nourish the stomach, generate fluids, clear heat (after febrile disease or yin deficiency) - dry mouth or throat.
    • Moisten the exterior - dry itchy skin aggravated by cold and dry weather.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin
  • Cautions

Mai Men Dong

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  • Ophiopogon Tuber
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood.
    • Augments stomach yin, generates fluids - dry tongue and mouth.
    • Clears heat and eliminates irritability due to yin deficiency or a warm-febrile disease in the ying level - particularly when symptoms are worse at night.
    • Moistens the intestines - constipation.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Yu Zhu

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  • Solomon's Seal Rhizome, Polygonatum
    • Nourish yin, moisten dryness - lung and stomach dry heat or yin deficiency patterns with cough, dry throat, thirst, irritability, steaming bone disorder, xiao ke, excess hunger, constipation.
    • Clear wind, softens and moistens the sinews - wind generated by insufficient fluids, leading to pain and spasms in the sinews, dizziness from yin deficiency and internal movement of wind.
    • Also useful for wind-heat in yin deficient constitution (not cloying herb).
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Tian Hua Fen

  • Trichosanthes Root
    • Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens lung dryness.
    • Drains heat, generates fluid (fluids injured) - thirst, irritability, wasting and thirsting disorder, cough, thick sputum.
    • Relieves toxicity, expels pus - toxic hot carbuncles, breast abscess.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Sang Ye

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  • White Mulberry Leaf
    • Expels wind, clears lung heat - wind-heat with fever, headache, sore throat; also for lung dryness causing dry mouth, dry cough, lung heat with thick and yellow sputum.
    • Cools liver and clears the eyes - liver channel eye problems due to wind-heat or yin deficiency, red, sore, dry or painful eyes, floaters.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - mild cases of vomiting blood due to heat in the blood.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

Bai Bian Dou

Gan Cao

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  • Licorice Root
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.



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