Radix Glehniae

Radix Glehniae is also named Bei Sha Shen , 北沙参, 北沙參
Bei Sha Shen
Bei Sha Shen
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Bei Sha Shen2

Naming

Bei Sha Shen (Radix Glehniae)——HuiYan Ben Cao (Collection of Materia Medica)

Origin

The root of the perennial herbaceous plant Glehnia littoralis Fr. Schmidt ex Miq. of family Umbelliferae.

Location

Cultivated in most areas in China.

Harvest

Plucked in summer and autumn.

The actual smell and taste

Slight smell, slightly sweet.

Best quality

Even coarse, plug skin removed, white-yellow color.

Processing

Unprocessed.

Property

Sweet, slightly cold; lung and stomach meridians entered.

Actions

Nourish yin of lung and stomach, clear heat of lung and stomach.

Indications

A. Lung yin deficiency syndromes

It can nourish lung yin and clear lung heat. For dry cough with little phlegm, blood in phlegm, dryness in throat, and hoarseness due to lung yin deficiency with dryness-heat in lung, it is combined with lung-clearing and dryness-moistening herbs, for instance, it is used with Nan Sha Shen and Zhi Mu in Run Zao Yang Yin Tang from Yi Fang Xin Jie. For cough without phlegm, or with little phlegm, blood in phlegm, hemoptysis, bone-steaming and tidal fever due to lung yin deficiency, it is combined with herbs of nourishing yin, moistening lung, relieving cough and eliminating bone steaming felling, such as Mai Dong, Zhi Mu, Chuan Bei Mu and Bie Jia.

B. Stomach yin deficiency syndromes

It is indicated for thirst with more drinking, hunger but no appetite, dry stool, no coating or red tongue with little fluid, or stomachache, distending in stomach, retching and other symptoms due to stomach yin deficiency, because it can nourish stomach yin to produce fluid and relieve thirst, and clear stomach heat. It is usually combined with yin-nourishing and fluid-producing herbs, such as Shi Hu, Yu Zhu, and Wu Mei.

vDosage and Administrations Decoct 10~15 g.