Sheng Mai San Sheng Mai San

English Name: Generate the Pulse Powder or Pulse-Activating Powder.

Category: Tonifying – Qi Tonifying.

Functions: To tonify the Qi, nourish and astringe the Yin and stop sweating.

Indications: Sheng Mai San is indicated for simultaneous Lung-Qi and Yin deficiency presenting with fatigue, shortness of breath, dry throat, thirst, spontaneous sweating and protracted cough with scanty, sticky sputum.

Tongue and Pulse: The tongue is dry and reddened with little coating. The pulse is deficient and rapid.


* In the modern usage of this formula Ren Shen is usually substituted for Dang Shen [Radix Codonopsis] at a dosage of 18 to 27g. In acute cases, the dosages of all herbs should be increased.

Cautions and Contra-Indications: This formula is contra-indicated for cases of Qi and Yin deficiency with the presence of external pathogens and in cases of Summer-Heat fever without Qi and fluid impairment.