Musk (Shexiang)

Musk (Shexiang)

Pharmaceutical Name: Moschus
Botanical Name: Moschus berezovskii Flerov
Moschus sifanicus Przewalski
Moschus moschiferus L.
Common Name:Musk
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The secretion is obtained from the naval musk gland of male musk deer. It is dried in the shade in winter or spring.
Properties and Taste: Pungent and warm
Meridian: Heart and spleen
Functions: To open the orifices and clear the mind
To invigorate the blood and dispel nodules
To stop pain
To expel placenta labor
Indications and Combinations: 1.     Unconsciousness due to high fever.
*Use with Ox gallstone (Niuhuang) and Rhinoceros horn (Xijiao) in the formula Zhibao Dan.

2. Unconsciousness due to windstroke.
*Use with Storax (Suhexiang) and Cloves (Dingxiang) in the formula Suhexiang Wan.

3.   Carbuncles, furuncles and swellings.
*Use with Frankincense (Ruxiang), Myrrh (Moyao) and Realgar (Xionghuang) in the formula Xingxiao Wan.

4.     Sudden severe pain in the chest and abdominal region.
*Use with Costus root (Muxiang), Peach seed (Taoren) and herbs that invigorate the blood in a formula such as Shexiang Tang.

5. Swelling and pain caused by external injuries.
*Use with Sappan wood (Sumu), Myrrh (Moyao) and Safflower (Honghua) in the formula Bali San.

6.     Dead fetus or placenta failing to be expelled.
*Use with Cinnamon bark (Rougui) in the formula Xiang Gui San.
Dosage: 0.06-0.1 g (in pill form)
Cautions: The substance must not be cooked. It is contradicted during pregnancy.