|Pharmaceutical Name:||Rhizoma Curcumae Longae|
|Botanical Name:||Curcuma Longa L.|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Xinxiu Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The rhizomes are dug in autumn or winter. After the bark and fibrous roots have been removed, the rhizomes are cleaned, boiled, dried in the sun and cut into slices.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent, bitter and warm|
|Meridian:||Liver and spleen|
|Functions:||To invigorate blood and promote qi circulation
To promote menstruation and stop pain
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Qi and blood stagnation manifested as chest pain, hypochondriac pain, amenorrhea and abdominal pain.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Curcuma root (Yujin), Cyperus rubber (Xiangfu) and Corydalis tuber (Yanhusuo).
2. Wind-damp obstruction syndrome manifested as rigid neck, shoulder pain and motor impairment of the limbs.
*Use with Notopterygium root (Qianghuo) and Chinese angelica root (Danggui) in the formula Shujing Tang.