Sappan Wood (Sumu)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Lignum Sappan|
|Botanical Name:||Caesalpinia sappan L.|
|Common Name:||Sappan wood|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Xinxiu Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The heart wood is sawn into pieces or steamed and cut into slices.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet, salty, slightly pungent and neutral|
|Meridian:||Heart, liver and spleen|
|Functions:||To invigorate blood and promote menstruation
To stop pain and reduce swelling
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Blood stagnation manifested as dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea and postpartum abdominal pain.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Red peony (Chishao) and Safflower (Honghua).
2. Swellings and pains caused by external injuries.
*Use with Frankincense (Ruxiang) and Myrrh (Moyao).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.|