Chuanxiong Rhizome (Chuanxiong)

Chuanxiong Rhizome (Chuanxiong)

Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Chuanxiong
Botanical Name: Ligusticum Chuanxiong Hort.
Common Name:Chuanxiong Rhizome
Szechuan Lovage Root
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The rhizomes are dug in late May. The fibrous roots are soaked and cut into slices are dug in late May.
Properties and Taste: Pungent and warm
Meridian: Liver, gall bladder, and pericardium
Functions: To invigorate blood and promote qi circulation
To expel wind and stop pain
Indications and Combinations: 1.     Blood and qi stagnation:

a) Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Red peony (Chishao), Cyperus tuber (Xiangfu) and Motherwort (Yimucao).

b) Difficult labor.
*Use with Cyathula root (Niuxi) and Tortoise plastron (Guiban).

c) Postpartum abdominal pain.
*Use with Motherwort (Yimucao), Peach seed (Taoren) and Safflower (Honghua).

d) Hypochondric pain.
*Use with Bupleurum root (Chaihu), Cyperus tuber (Xiangfu) and Curcuma root (Yujin).

e) Numbness of the limbs.
*Use with Red peony (Chishao), Earthworm (Dilong) and Spatholobus stem (Jixueteng).

2.     Headache:

a) Wind-cold headache.
*Use with Dahurian angelica root (Baizhi) and Asarum herb (Xixin) in the formula Chuanxiong Cha Tiao San.

b) Wind-heat headache.
*Use with Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua), Gypsum (Shigao) and White-stiff silkworm (Baijiangcan) in the Formula Chuanxiong San.

c) Wind-damp headache.
*Use with Notopterygium root (Qianghuo), Ligusticum root (Gaoben) and Ledebouriella (Fangfeng) in the formula Qianghuo Shengshi Tang.

d) Headache due to blood stagnation.
*Use with Red peony (Chishao), Red sage root (Danshen) and Safflower (Honghua).

e) Headache due to deficient blood.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui) and White peony root (Baishao).

3. Wind-damp obstruction syndrome (painful joint).
*Use with Notopterygium root (Qianghuo), Pubescent angelica root (Duhuo), Ledebouriella (Fangfeng) and Mulberry twigs (Sangzhi).
Dosage: 3-10 g
Cautions:This herb is contraindicated during hemorrhagic diseases and during profuse menstrual flow.