Gypsum (shi gao)
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.
Clearing away heat and fire,
relieving restlessness and thirst, promoting the
regeneration of the tissue and wound healing.
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.
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.
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.
Gypsum is contraindicated for
cold syndrome of deficiency type in the spleen
and stomach (middle-jiao).
the convenience of customers, we offer the
Gypsum (shi gao) as
the quick-dissolving granule made through modern
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
in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your
personal use now at $50.00.
If you would like
to order this raw herb, please go to
the order form.