Frankincense (Ruxiang)

Frankincense (Ruxiang)

Pharmaceutical Name: Resina Oliani
Botanical Name: Boswellia carterii Birdw.
Common Name:Frankincense
Source of Earliest Record: Mingyi Bielu
art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The gum-resin is gathered in spring or summer, after the bark of the tree is cut. Then the gum-resin is fried.
Properties and Taste: Pungent, bitter and warm
Meridian: Heart, liver and spleen
Functions: To invigorate blood and stop pain
To reduce swelling
Indications and Combinations: 1.     Pains caused by blood stagnation:

a) Dysmenorrhea.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong) and Cyperus tuber (Xiangfu).

b) Stomach pain.
*Use with Sichuan chinaberry (Chuanlianzi) and Corydalis tuber (Yanhusuo).

c) General pain or joint pain due to invasion of wind-cold-damp.
*Use with Notopterygium root (Qianghuo), Futokadsura stem (Haifengteng), Large-leaf gentian root (Qinjiao), Chinese angelica root (Danggui) and Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong) in the formula Juanbi Tang.

d) Pains caused by external injuries.
*Use with Myrrh (Moyao), Dragon’s blood (Xuejie) and Safflower (Honghua) in the formula Qili San.

e) Pain from carbuncles and furuncles with swelling.
*Use with Myrrh (Moyao), Red peony (Chishao) and Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua) in the formula Xianfang Huoming Yin.

2. Boils and ulcers.
*The powders of Frankincense (Ruxiang) and Myrrh (Moyao) are used externally. The combination is called Haifu San.
Dosage: 3-10 g
Cautions: This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.