Shen Qu – Medicated Leaven (Usually composed of 6 herbs) – “Divine Fermented Mass”

Nature: acrid, sweet, warm

Enters: Stomach, Spleen

Actions: Promotes digestion and eliminates food retention; harmonizes the stomach.

• Any type of food retention, including minerals, metals, bones: fullness, distention in the epigastrium and abdomen, poor appetite, borborygmus, diarrhea. Also appropriate for overindulgence in alcohol and starches.
• Especially effective for stomach cold with food stagnation.
• Can be dry-fried to enhance its effect on food stagnation.
• Added to pills that contain minerals to aid in their digestion and absorption.
• Bensky/Gamble: The ingredients vary – usually a fermented combination of wheat flour, bran, Qing hao, Xing ren, Cang er zi, Chi xiao dou. Liu: Wheat, Xing ren, Chi xiao dou, Qing hao, plus varying local herbs.
MLT: Rich in digestive enzymes.
• Also good for stomach flu.

Dose: 6-15g

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