Ren Shen [1]

Posted by : admin on Feb 23, 2008 - 06:15 PM
Chinese Medicine Herbs / Tonify Deficiencies [2]

Sweet, slightly warm

Spleen and lung

1. To replenish qi, prevent collapse and strengthen yang, 2. To tonify the spleen and lungs; 3. To promote body fluids and relieve thirst; 4. To calm the heart and soothe the mind.

1. Collapsing syndrome due to severe deficiency of primary qi,. Severe loss of blood, severe vomiting or severe Diarrhea [3] manifested as sweating, cold limbs, shortness of breath and weak and fading pulse. Ginseng (Ren Shen [4]) can be used alone or with prepared aconite root (Fu Zi [5]) in the formula Shen Fu Tang.2. Weakness of the spleen and stomach manifested as poor appetite, lassitude, fullness in the epigastric and abdominal regions and loose stool. Ginseng (Renshen) is used with White atractylodes (Bai Zhu [6]), Poria (Fu Ling [7]) and Licorice root (Gan Cao [8]) in the formula Sijunzi Tang.3. Deficient qi of the lungs manifested as shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating and lassitude. Ginseng (Renshen) is used with Gecko (Ge Jie [9]) in the formula Renshen Gejie San.4. Diabetes or exhaustion of qi and body fluids by febrile disease manifested as thirst, sweating, irritability, shortness of breath and weak pulse. Ginseng (Renshen) is used with Ophiopogon root (Maidong) and Schisandra fruit (Wu Wei Zi [10]) in the formula Shengmai San. If the abovementioned manifestations are accompanied by fever, Ginseng (Renshen) can be taken with Gypsum (Shi Gao [11]) and Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhi Mu [12]) in the formula Baihu Jia Renshen Tang. 5. Mental restlessness manifested as palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep and forgetfulness. Ginseng (Renshen) is used with Wild jujube seed (Suan Zao Ren [13]) and Chinese angelica root (Dang Gui [14]) in the formula Guipi Tang.6.Impotence and premature ejaculation in men or frigidity in women. Ginseng (Renshen) can be used alone or with Pilose antler (Lu Rong [15]) and Human placenta (Ziheche).

5-10 g (for decoction), 1-2 g (for powder), 15-30

This herb is contraindicated for a person with heat sings or excessive syndromes without deficiency of anti-pathogenic factor. It should not be mixed with black false belle bore (Lilu), Trogopterus dung (Wulingzhi) and Chinese honey locust (Zaojia). When taking Ginseng (Renshen), do not drink tea or eat turnips.

Ren Shen

Image of herb: Ren Shen [16]