Name: Sichuan Lovage Rhizome (川芎)
Pinyin: Chuan Xiong
Pharm. Name: Rhizoma Ligustici Wallichii
Bitter, cold; lung, stomach, large intestine, liver, and bladder meridians entered.
Liver GallBladder Pericardium
3-10g, 1-1.5g (Powder)
This herb is pungent and warm and has the actions of dispersing and smoothing. It can move qi and be widely indicated for various pain syndrome caused by blood stasis and qi stagnation. Because it can unblock blood vessels, regulate menstruation, disperse qi stagnation and relieve pain, it is commonly used for various gynecological diseases to move blood and regulate menstruation, treating irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain due to blood stasis, and qi stagnation. Being pungent and warm with ascending and dispersing characteristics, it can reach head and eyes with the actions of expelling wind and relieving pain. Chuan Xiong is known as the key herb for treating headache. It can be used singly or macerated in the wine, or modify due to different syndromes for treating headache resulted from wind-cold, wind-heat, wind-damp, blood deficiency, and blood stasis.