Chinese: Shen Mi Tang

English: Mysterious Decoction

Source: Waitaibiyao (Medical Secrets of an Official Library)

Pulse: bowstring

Tongue: white fur

Abdomen: kyokyokuman

Indications: This herbal formula has been used for patients with following health conditions and symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irritability
  • Headache

There are many other health conditions that may respond well to this herbal formula, in particular patients exhibiting indicative traditional diagnostic signs and symptoms.

Herbs in This Formula

Note: Suggested dosages of each herb in Kampo formulas are often smaller than those of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Individual dosages of herbs may be adjusted depending on each patient’s condition, constitutional patterns, quality of the herbs, and other factors involved.


Basic and Clinical Research on Shinpito – Updated on June 16, 2012

Nishizawa Y, Nishizawa Y, Goto GH, et al.A randomized, group-parallel comparative trial of the suppressiveeffect of Chinese traditional medicine, shen-mi-tang (shin-pi-to), compared to sodium oramolycate inhalation in improving subjective and objective symptoms in bronchial asthmatics. Jibi-inkoka Tenbo (Oto-rhino-laryngology Tokyo) 2004; 47: 20-7

Nishizawa Y, Nishizawa Y, Yoshioka F, et al. Suppressive effect of Chinese tracitional medicine, she-bi-tang (shinpi to) on bronchospasm in aspirin-indolerant bronchial asthmatic patients — a randomized, group-paralleled comparative trial —. Jibi-inkoka Tenbo (Oto-rhino-laryngology Tokyo) 2003; 46: 3-14

Hamasaki Y, Kobayashi I, Hayasaki R, Zaitu M, Muro E, Yamamoto S, et al. The Chinese herbal medicine, shinpi-to, inhibits IgE-mediated leukotriene synthesis in rat basophilic leukemia-2H3 cells. Journal of ethnopharmacology. 1997;56(2):123-31.

Tubaki T, Ebisawa M, Akimoto K, et al. Effects of Shinpi-to (Shenbi-tang) on bronchial asthma. Kampo to Meneki-Arerugi (Kampo and Immuno-allergy) 1994; 8: 65-71