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Shan Zha

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Name: Chinese Hawthorn (山楂)

Pinyin: Shan Zha

Pharm. Name: Fructus Crataegi

Properties:

Taste

Characteristics

Organs

Sour, Sweet

Promote digestion and dissipate food stagnation, activate blood, and resolve stasis.

Liver, Spleen, Stomach

 

Description:

The ripe fruit of the deciduous shrub or small arbor plant Crataegus Pinnatifida. It is sweet and sour in taste, slightly warm in nature, and can promote digestion and dissipate food stagnation. It can be used for kinds of food stagnation syndrome especially the syndrome caused by improper eating meat and fat. For meat stagnation manifested as gastric and abdominal distension, belching and acid regurgitation, abdominal pain, and loose stool, it can be decocted alone or combined with other digestant herbs such as Lai Fu Zi and Shen Qu. In addition, it can be used for abdominal pain due to diarrhea and dysentery, and colic pain. For abdominal pain due to diarrhea and dysentery, the charred one is used alone or with Mu Xiang and Bing Lang. For colic pain, it is combined with the qi-regulating, nodulation-dissipating herbs, and analgesic such as Ju He and Li Zhi He, etc. It is also indicated for coronary heart disease (CHD), hypertension, hyperlipemia, and dysentery.

 

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