Cimicifuga ( 升麻 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Sweet, acrid; slightly bitter
Lung, Spleen, Stomach
This herb is used in formulas that promote eruption of the rash in measles and shorten the period of discomfort associated with the disease (TCM: internal heat; deficient-Yang Qi); also used to treat other symptoms similar to those associated with measles, including headache, fever, sore throat (TCM: exterior wind heat); and sores and ulcerations in the throat and mouth (TCM: Stomach fire poison).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Releases exterior and encourages the rash of measles to surface; raises Yang Qi; detoxifies fire poison affecting Stomach.
Common Formulas Used In
Cimicafuga; Ginseng and Astragalus.
Cautions in Use
Do not use this herb when there is an excess condition in the Upper Burner and a deficiency in the Lower Burner.