Pharmaceutical Latin: Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens
Common English: Fresh Ginger Rhizome
Herbs that Release the Exterior: Warm, Acrid Herbs that Release the Exterior (Wind-Cold Diaphoretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Warm
Tincture: 1-2ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Releases the Exterior, induces perspiration and disperses Cold


Warms the Middle and stops vomiting

Cold in the Stomach especially with vomiting

Warms the Lungs and stops coughing

Cough due to Wind-Cold

Cough due to Lung Deficiency with Phlegm

Reduces the toxicity of other herbs and seafood

Herb toxicity or seafood poisoning

Adjusts the Ying and Wei - normalizes the flow of Qi at the center

Tai Yang Zhong Feng - Wind-Cold with Deficiency

  • Contraindicated for those with spontaneous sweating from Exterior Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Lung Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with Stomach Heat with vomiting.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.

Fr. Jujube
Da Zao

Rz. Pinelliae Preparata
Ban Xia

Caulis Bambusae in Taeniam
Zhu Ru
(Fol. Eriobotryae)
(Pi Pa Ye)
(Rz. Coptidis)
(Huang Lian)

External Wind-Cold.

Alleviates epigastric pain, nausea, and vomiting by strengthening the Spleen.

Protects the Stomach Qi and reduces irritation of the gastrointestinal tract by other herbs.

Adjusts the Ying and Wei for treatment of Tai Yang Zhong Feng.

Prevents tonics from generating Dampness in the Middle Jiao.

Prevents Phlegm accumulation.

Nourishes the Blood, prevents injury from harsh Blood movers and assists the movement of Qi.

Vomiting due to many causes including Stomach Cold.

Productive cough due to Phlegm-Dampness.

Vomiting due to Heat in patients with Stomach Qi Deficiency.

Fol. Perilla
Zi Su Ye
Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren
Rx. Asteris
Zi Wan
(Per. Citri Reticulatae)
(Chen Pi)

Succus Bambusae
Zhu Li

Rz. Arisaematis
Zhi Tian Nan Xing
Rz. Pinelliae Preparata
Ban Xia

Cough due to Wind-Cold Affecting the Lungs with profuse sputum.

Cough and headache due to Heat induced Phlegm, or aphasia and numbness from Wind-Stroke due to Phlegm Obstruction.


Fol. Perillae
Zi Su Ye

Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi

Ram. Cinnamomi
Gui Zhi

Vomiting and diarrhea from seafood poisoning.

Cold-Dampness Obstructing the Middle with nausea and hiccups.

Strongly induces sweating for treatment of External Wind-Cold with chills, fever, body aches and anhidrosis.

Warms and dispels thin mucus in the Stomach with nausea, hiccup, Stomach pain and acid reflux or vomiting of clear fluid.

Ram. Cinnamomi
Gui Zhi

Fr. Jujube
Da Zao

Rx. Ephedrae
Ma Huang

Green Tea

Harmonizes the Ying and Wei to drive out pathogens.

Strongly creates sweating to treat all externally contracted Wind-Cold disorders, especially those in which Wind-Cold has constrained Lung Qi with cough and wheezing and the failure of Lung Qi to descend causing nausea and vomiting.

As a tea for severe vomiting and diarrhea.

  1. Detoxifies herbs such as Rx. Aconiti Preparata Zhi Fu Zi, Rz. Arisaematis Zhi Tian Nan Xing or Rz. Pinelliae Zhi Ban Xia or fish and crabs.
  2. The skin of the Rhizome Sheng Jiang Pi promotes urination and reduces edema.
  3. This herb may be used alone for early-stage Wind Cold Invasion, seafood poisoning or nausea and vomiting.
  4. It invigorates the circulation of Qi, Fluids, Phlegm and Blood.
  5. It is called “The Sacred Drug for Vomiting”.
  6. If numbness and swelling of the tongue and throat occur as a result of ingestion of toxic substances, drink Sheng Jiang decoction immediately.
  7. When cooked with fish, it eliminates fish toxins.
  8. Sheng Jiang has a wide spectrum of use and its effect is rapid but does not last long. It is used primarily to induce sweat and expel pathogens. It is mobile but does not conserve. Rz. Zingiberis Gan Jiang is internally mobile and warms the middle while dispersing Internal Cold. Its effects last longer than Sheng Jiang. It is mobile and conserves. Rz. Zingiberis Preparatum Pao Jiang is bitter, warm and harmonious, warms the Middle and stops diarrhea and bleeding. It conserves but is not mobile.
  9. Sheng Jiang, Fr. Evodiae Wu Zhu Yu and Rz. Coptidis Huang Lian all alleviate nausea. Wu Zhu Yu warms the Liver treating nausea and acid regurgitation Liver Cold attacking the Stomach. Huang Lian clears Stomach Heat to treat nausea and vomiting of bile due to Damp-Heat in the Stomach and Sheng Jiang warms the Middle for vomiting of clear fluids due to Stomach Cold.
  10. Baked Ginger Wei Jiang no longer disperses, just descends. It has strong warming and descending actions and is appropriate for harmonizing the Middle and stopping nausea. It is used for Spleen Yang Deficiency Cold with abdominal pain and nausea.
  11. Ginger Peel Sheng Jiang Pi is acrid and cooling and focuses on the Middle. It promotes urination and reduces edema while dispersing the Exterior. It is used for superficial edema.
  12. Ginger Juice Jiang Zhi is acrid, warm and stronger at dispersing and descending that Sheng Jiang. It is best for alleviating nausea, breaking up Phlegm and reducing coughing.