Sheng Mai San
English Name: Generate the Pulse Powder or Pulse-Activating Powder.
Category: Tonifying – Qi Tonifying.
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.
- Ren Shen [Radix Ginseng] – 9g *
- Mai Men Dong [Radix Ophiopogonis] – 9g
- Wu Wei Zi [Fructus Schisandrae] – 6g
* 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.