Myrrh (Moyao)

Myrrh (Moyao)

Pharmaceutical Name: Myrrha
Resina myrrhae
Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha Engl.
Common Name:Myrrh
Source of Earliest Record: Kaibao Bencao
art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: After the stem is cut, the gum-resin is gathered and then carbonized.
Properties and Taste: Bitter and neutral
Meridian: Heart, liver and spleen
Functions: To invigorate blood and stop pain
To reduce swelling and promote healing
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.