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Chuanxiong Rhizome (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong) ChuanXiong

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    Chuanxiong Rhizome (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong)

    Property, Flavour: Warm, pungent.

    Channel Tropism: Acting on the liver, gallbladder and pericardium channels.

    Effects: Promoting blood circulation and qi flow, eliminating wind to relieve pain.

    1. Stagnation of qi and blood stasis: irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal pain, etc. Also pain in hypochondrium, numbness and pain of the extremities, etc.
    2. Headache and rheumatic arthralgia. Chuanxiong is prescribed in many formulae for headache:
      1. Wind-cold: Chuanxiong Mixture (Chuanxiong Chatiao San)
      2. Wind-heat: Chuanxiong Powder (Chuannxiong San)
      3. Wind-dampness: Dampness Removal Decoction of Notopterygium (Qanghuo Shengshi Tang)
      4. Blood stasis: with red peony root, safflower, red sage root, dahurian angelica root, etc. 
      5. Deficiency of blood: with Chinese angelica root, prepared rehmannia root, white peony root, chrysanthemum flower, etc.
      6. Rheumatic arthralgia: with ledebouriella root, notopterygium root, large-leaf gentian root, mulberry mistletoe stem, etc.

    Dosage: 3-10g, decocted in water for oral doses.

    Precautions: Improper to be used in cases of deficiency of qi and yin, consumptive fever with profuse sweat, headache due to hyperactivity of liver-yang, and profuse menstruation.