Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens

 

Source
The fresh rhizome of Zingiber officipiale (Wilid.) Rosc., family Zingiberaceae.

Characteristics
Rhizome irregular masses, somewhat compressed, with finger like branches. Surface light yellow to yellow-borwn, with annular nodes. Fracture surface slightly yellow and fleshy, with prominent endodermal rings. Acrid in taste, slightly warm in nature, and attributive to lung and spleen channels.

Indication
1. Induce sweating to expel the exogenous evils from the body surface: For common cold of wind-cold type.
2. Warm the lung to relieve cough: For cough of wind~old type.
3. Warm the middle-jiao to stop vomiting: For vomiting and abdominal pain due to stomach cold; for vomiting due to stomach-heat, used together with Rhizoma Coptidis, Caulis Bambusae in Taenuim, etc.
4. Detoxication: For poisoning of fish, crab, Rhizoma Pinelliae and Rhizoma Arisaematis. For preventing the poisoning of the materials mentioned above, Zingiberis Recens should be cooked with fish and crab, and prepared together with Pinelhae and Arisaematis.

Pharmacological Action
I. Oral administration can stimulate the buccal mucosa and gastric mucosa, and accelerate the secretion of digestive juice, so as to promote appetite.
2. Relieving unusual intestinal fermentation and promoting the gas exhaustion from intestine.
3. The mixture of its active components, zingiberol and shogaol, exerts an antiemetic effect.
4. Stimulating respiration center and vasomotor center and accelerating the blood circulation, and promoting diaphoresis and raising blood pressure.

Administration Decoction: 3-10g.


   

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