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She Gan

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Name: Belamcanda Rhizome (射干)

Pinyin: She Gan

Pharm. Name: Rhizoma Belamcandae

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Bitter

Clear heat and remove toxicity, clear lung heat and dispel phlegm, alleviate sore throat, and relieve swelling.

Lung, Liver

 

Description:

With the actions of clearing heat and removing toxicity, alleviating sore throat and relieving swelling, and clearing lung heat and dispelling phlegm as well, it is much suitable for treating syndrome of heat-toxicity or lung heat manifested as swollen and sore throat due to turbid-phlegm stagnation. It can be used singly, as She Gan Tang from Sheng Ji Zong Lu; and the effect get better when being used with other herbs specialized in alleviating sore throat. Because of the actions of clearing lung heat, directing qi downward, and dispelling phlegm, it can take effects of relieving cough and asthma and is used in treating syndrome of cough and asthma characterized by stagnation of excessive phlegm and saliva, wheezing due to retained phlegm in throat.

 

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