Commonly Used Chinese Herb Formulas with Illustrations - Ginseng and Ophiopogon Formula (Sheng Mai San)


0525 生脈散 (Sheng Mai San)


Ginseng and Ophiopogon Formula


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Chinese Name

Pharmaceutical Name

Pin Yin Name

English Name


Radix Ginseng

Ren Shen



Radix Ophiopogonis

Mai Men Dong



Fructus Schisandrae chinensis

Wu Wei Zi

Schisandra Fruit








Classic Literature Reference

Nei Wai Shang Bian Huo Lun (Identification of Internal and External Diseases, 1231).

Compiler: Li, Gao (also known as Li, Dong-yuan).




1. Vital qi and body fluids injured by heat marked by fatigue, shortness of breath, sweating, dry throat, thirst, and a weak and thready pulse.

2. Both Lung qi and Lung yin deficiencies due to chronic cough marked by cough, scanty phlegm, shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating, dry mouth, ruddy tongue without much saliva, and a weak, rapid, or weak and thready pulse.

Modern: Myocardiac infarction, angina pectoris, shock, hypotension, arrhythmia, epidemic hemorrhageic fever, heatstroke, and cor pulmonale.



 Pattern of Deficiency of Qi and Body Fluids/Yin



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