Traditional Chinese Medicine/Shi Gao

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Name Means:

  • Shi-Stone
  • Gao-Paste

English Name:

  • Gypsum

Chinese Name:

  • 石膏 (Pinyin:shí gāo)

Latin Name:

  • Gypsum Fibrosum[1]

Taste & Temperature:


  • Hand Tai Yin of Lung
  • Foot Yang Ming of Stomach

Actions & Indications:

  • Clear Heat & Purge Fire
  • Big 4 symptoms of Qi level Heat (indicates invasion of Yang Ming):
    • Big Fever
    • Big Thirst (drink ice water)
    • Big Sweating (Heat pushes sweat out)
    • Big Pulse (very strong)
  • clear Excess Lung Heat
  • clear blazing Stomach Heat (for toothache)
  • absorb exudation for eczema, burns, and ulcerated sores (calcined, topically)


  • Spleen/Stomach deficient Cold
  • pulse is minute
  • Yang deficiency
  • Yin deficient Heat (b/c body weak)


  • 3-10 qian (9-30 grams)
  • up to 30 qian (90 grams)


  • crush
  • cook 30 minutes longer

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Carl-Hermann Hempen, Toni Fischer. "Herbs that cool heat", A Materia Medica for Chinese Medicine (First Edition), 2009, Pages 110-263