Sheng Mai San - 生脉散 - Ginseng & Schisandra Formula (Capsules)

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What is Sheng Mai San?

Sheng Mai San, also known as Restore the Pulse or Ginseng & Schisandra Formula, is a classic formulation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It consists of just three herbs: Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Root), Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry), and Bai Shen (Ginseng root).

The famous herbalist Li Shi Zhen developed this formula based on his research into improving Qi (life force) and fluids. Originally featured in the medical text, Ben Cao Gang Mu, the formula continues to be used at TCM clinics today for a wide range of syndromes relating to Qi and Yin deficiency. 

What are the benefits of Sheng Mai San?

Sheng Mai San may offer potential benefit in supporting the immune system, particularly when cold and flu symptoms linger or develop into chronic fatigue. With its natural energy-boosting properties, Sheng Mai San can help replenish energy, bolster immunity, and support overall wellness.

TCM practitioners often prescribe Sheng Mai San in cases of summer heat and respiratory-related conditions that are chronic in nature. These symptoms may include chronic cough, shortness of breath, and chronic fatigue with a floating, rapid, and weak pulse. 

What is the dosage and method for taking Sheng Mai San?

The generally recommended dosage of Sheng Mai San in capsule form is four capsules, two to three times daily; or as loose granules, 4.5 g mixed with hot water, 2-3 times per day. However, always follow your healthcare provider's instructions, as the dosage can vary based on your condition and response to treatment.

Please see What's the Recommended Dosage for Granule Herbs? for more information.

When can I expect to see results?

Sheng Mai San typically starts to take effect within days. However, like all treatments, its efficacy can vary from person to person.

Does Sheng Mai San have any side effects?

While Sheng Mai San is generally considered safe for most people, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Women who are pregnant, nursing, or postpartum as well as people with liver disease, should avoid or use Sheng Mai San with caution.

As with any Chinese herb, we recommend consulting with a qualified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) about Sheng Mai San before any course of treatment is started. 

Where to buy Sheng Mai San

For practitioners, Treasure of the East offers full-spectrum Sheng Mai San Capsules and (100 caps./bottle), 100g Granules.

If you’re a consumer looking to purchase Sheng Mai San, look for suppliers who provide clear information about the product's origin, purity, and testing procedures to ensure you're getting a high-quality product. Please read Where to Buy Chinese Herbs Safely for more tips on how to source herbs safely.

Sheng Mai San from Treasure of the East is:
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Item Number: S095-c
Chinese Name: 生脉散, Sheng Mai San
English Name: Ginseng & Schisandra Formula, Restore the Pulse
Functions: Astringes Yin, boosts Qi and promotes fluid production, arrests sweating, generates fluids, clears Heat.
TCM Pattern: Qi and Yin consumption due to warm-Heat or summer heat invasion, prolonged cough due to deficiency of both Qi and Yin, lung, heart, and kidney Qi deficiency, lung Heat with fluid deficiency.
Potency: Concentrated 5:1; Full-spectrum, water-based herbal extract.
Available in: Capsules and (100 caps./bottle), 100g Granules  


Mai Dong Ophiopogon Root
Wu Wei Zi (Cu Zhi) Schisandra Berry (Processed)
Bai Shen Ginseng Root


Treasure of the East’s herbal extracts are full-spectrum, water-based extracts produced by Tianjiang Pharmaceutical. Unlike standardized extracts, which contain a concentrated quantity of a single marker chemical, full-spectrum herbal extracts contain all the active chemical constituents of whole herbs in concentrated form.  Treasure of the East herbs are full-spectrum and extracted using only purified water (more information).

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