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Introduction To Gypsum (shi gao)










                                                                      Gypsum (shi gao)

                                                                       Gypsum Fibrosum 

Properties: Pungent and sweet in flavour, cold in nature, it acts on the lung and stomach channels. The cold property of the drug clears away the heat, the pungent flavour expels the heat and sweet flavour promotes the production of the body fluid. The drug is good at clearing away the intense heat in the Qi system and excessive fire of lung and stomach, hence relieving restlessness and quenching thirst. Therefore, it is one of the important drugs for treating the syndromes of excessive heat in the Qi system, cough and asthma caused by intense heat and excess of stomach fire. The property of the drug became astringent after calcined and the calcined gypsum can promote regeneration of the tissue and wound healing.

Effects: Clearing away heat and fire, relieving restlessness and thirst, promoting the regeneration of the tissue and wound healing.


1.  For treating febrile diseases caused by exogenous pathogens in the Qi system, shown as high fever, dysphoria, profuse sweating, thirst and full pulse, it is often used in combination with anemarrhena rhizome as Baihu Tang (White Tiger Decoction), to clear the excessive heat in the Qi system and relieve restlessness and thirst. If the intense heat in both Qi and blood system, shown as high fever and skin rash, rhinoceros horn and rehmannia root are used   together with gypsum, known as Huaban Tang (Decoction for relieving Feverish Rash), to clear away the heat in both the Qi and blood system, cool blood and eliminate skin rash.

2.  For treating pathogenic heat stagnated in the lung, shown as obstruction of the lung-qi, high fever, asthma, it is used in combination with ephedra and apricot kernel known as Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Decoction of Ephedra, Apricot kernel, Gypsum and Liquorice) to clear away the lung-heat and promote the dispersing function of the lung. For treating swollen pharynx and larynx, canker sore, toothache and headache due to the rising up of the stomach-fire, anemarrhena fruit, coptis root and cimicifuga are used in combination with gypsum to purge fire and detoxicate the toxins.

3.For treationg chronic ulcer, eczema, burns and scalds, gypsum is calcined and ground into fine powder for external application because it has the functions of clearing away fire, promoting tissue regeneration and wound healing.

Dosage and Administration: 15-60g. For clearing away heat and fire, it should be taken orally unprepared, decocted in water prior to other drugs. Calcined gypsum is only for external use.

Precautions: Gypsum is contraindicated for cold syndrome of deficiency type in the spleen and stomach (middle-jiao).



For the convenience of customers, we offer the Gypsum (shi gao) as the quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 15 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, once a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


Air ship 50 sachets of Gypsum (shi gao) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $50.00.


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