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Shen Su Yin

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Pin Ying Name: Shen Su Yin

English Name: Ginseng & Perilla Decoction

Chinese Name: 參蘇飲

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Rx. Ginseng Ren Shen

Tonifies Qi, strengthens the Lungs, Spleen and Stomach and tonifies Qi in Deficiency patients with Exterior conditions.

With Zi Su Ye, for External Wind-Cold with underlying Qi Deficiency.

Fol. Perillae Zi Su Ye

Releases the exterior, disperses Cold, promotes Qi movement, improves Lung function and expands the chest.

With Jie Geng, for nasal congestion and productive cough. With Sheng Jiang, for Wind-Cold with chills, fever, headache, nasal congestion and anhidrosis. With Jie Geng and Zhi Ke, eases the diaphragm and Intestines.

Per. Citri Reticulatae Chen Pi

Regulates Qi, Improves the transformative and transportive functions of the Spleen, dries Dampness and transforms Phlegm.

With Zhi Ke and Mu Xiang, for abdominal distention, fullness and pain. With Sheng Jiang, for Cold-Dampness Obstructing the Middle with nausea and hiccup. With Jiang Ban Xia, for a stifling sensation in the chest and cough with excessive white, viscous sputum due to Phlegm-Damp Obstruction. with Jiang Ban Xia and Fu Ling, for cough due to accumulation of Dampness and Phlegm. With Jiang Ban Xia, Fu Ling, and Sheng Jiang, for a stifling sensation in the chest, cough with excess sputum and stops vomiting.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao

Tonifies the Spleen, augments Qi, moistens the Lungs, stops cough and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

With Jie Geng, for pain and swelling of the throat.

Rx. Puerariae Ge Gen

Discharges Exterior conditions, releases the muscles, clears Heat, raises Spleen Yang and stops diarrhea.

With Ren Shen, for diarrhea due to Spleen Deficiency.

Rx. Peucedani Qian Hu

Descends Qi, expels Phlegm and releases the Exterior.

Ginger-fried Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Jiang Ban Xia

Dries Dampness, transforms Phlegm, descends Qi and alleviates nausea.

With Sheng Jiang, for productive cough due to Phlegm-Dampness and stops nausea and vomiting due to Cold, thin mucus. With Fu Ling, treats Phlegm, thin mucus and turbid Dampness. With Ren Shen, for vomiting due to Stomach Deficiency.

Poria Fu Ling

Promotes urination, strengthens the Spleen and transforms Phlegm.

With Jiang Ban Xia and Chen Pi, for nausea, vomiting, chest fullness and distention. and anorexia due to congested fluids With Jiang Ban Xia, Chen Pi and Sheng Jiang, expels Phlegm. eliminates fullness and distention of the chest and stops nausea and vomiting.

Fr. Citri Aurantii Zhi Ke

Moves Qi and reduces distention and pressure.

With Chen Pi and Mu Xiang, for abdominal distention, fullness and pain. With Jie Geng, regulates the flow of Qi in the chest and aids in the transformation of Phlegm for chest congestion.

Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng

Opens the Lungs, spreads Lung Qi, expels Phlegm, benefits the throat and raises Lung Qi, directing the effects of other herbs to the upper body.

With Zi Su Ye, for nasal congestion and productive cough. With Gan Cao, for Excess disorders in the Upper Jiao with no disorder in the Lower Jiao. With Jiang Ban Xia, for cough due to Wind-Cold Invasion or long-standing Phlegm-Dampness.

Rx. Aucklandiae Mu Xiang

Promotes Qi movement and strengthens the Spleen.

With Zhi Ke and Chen Pi, for abdominal distention, fullness and pain.

Rz. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang

Releases the Exterior, induces perspiration and disperses Cold, warms the Lungs, stops cough, warms the Middle, stops vomiting, adjusts the Ying and Wei and reduces the toxicity of other herbs.

With Da Zao, for External Wind-Cold. With Zi Su Ye and Da Zao, for exterior conditions.

Fr. Zizyphi Jujube Da Zao

Moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

With Sheng Jiang, for externally contracted conditions.

Formula Actions
  • Tonifies Qi
  • Releases the Exterior
  • Harmonizes the Stomach
  • Transforms Phlegm
  • Wind-Cold Invasion with Congestion of Fluids in the Interior and an underlying weak constitution
Clinical Manifestations
  • Fever and chills
  • Aversion to Cold
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough with profuse sputum
  • Chest fullness
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Abdominal fullness
  • Loose Stools
  • Spontaneous sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nasal obstruction
  • No desire to speak
  • Fullness and distention in the chest and diaphragm
  • Gastric distention
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • T: Pale and thick
  • C: White or White and greasy
  • P: Superficial or Weak
  • Common cold
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza
  • Infection
  • Polyuria
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Abdominal fullness and distention
  • Fatigue
  • Spontaneous perspiration
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Toxemia during pregnancy
  • Alcoholic hangover
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Cough
  • COPD
  • Fever
  • Nasal congestion
  • Allergic sinusitis
  • Anorexia
  • Headache
  • Dyspnea

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