Cimicifuga ( 升麻 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name


Pinyin Mandarin Name

Sheng Ma

Common English Name

Black Cohosh

Part of Plant Used





Sweet, acrid; slightly bitter

Meridians Entered

Lung, Spleen, Stomach

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




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.

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