|Pharmaceutical Name:||Flos Carthami|
|Botanical Name:||Carthamus tinctorius L.|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Kaibao Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The flowers are gathered in summer, when they turn bright red. They are then dried in the shade.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and warm|
|Meridian:||Heart and liver|
|Functions:||To invigorate blood and release stagnation
To promote menstruation
|Indications and Combinations:||Blood stagnation manifested as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain and pain and swelling due to external injuries.
*Use with Peach seed (Taoren), Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong) and Red peony (Chishao) in the formula Tao Hong Siwu Tang.
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.|