Fresh Ginger (Shengjiang)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens|
|Botanical Name:||Zingiber officinale Willd. Rosc.|
|Common Name:||Fresh ginger|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The rhizomes are dug from September to November. After the fibrous roots have been removed, the rhizomes are washed, cut to slices and pounded to extract the juice, or the skin is peeled off for usage.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and warm|
|Meridian:||Lung and urinary bladder|
|Functions:||To promote diaphoresis and release the exterior
To warm the spleen and stomach and alleviate vomiting
To warm the lungs and alleviate cough
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Wind-cold exterior syndrome manifested as shills, fever, headache and nasal obstruction.
*The herb is used to strengthen the diaphoretic function.
2. Vomiting due to cold in the stomach. Fresh ginger (Shengjiang) is often used with Pinellia tuber (Banxia).
*In vomiting due to heat in the stomach, Fresh ginger (Shengjiang) should not be used with Bamboo shavings (Zhuru) and Coptis root (Huanglian).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in yin deficiency with excessive heat in the interior.|