Hong Hua


Hong Hua in TCM:

Explore the properties of Hong Hua according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: carthamus, safflower
Pharmacuetical Name: Flos Carthami
Properties: acrid, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: HT, LV

Flavors: pungent

Special Properties:
circulates blood

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates blood, unblocks menses (abdominal pain and/or masses, for blood stasis of amenorrhea, lochioschesis; post partum abdominal pain)
  • Dispels Blood stasis; alle viates pain (carbuncles, blood stasis pain, trauma, sores without pus, dark-purplish erythema, incomplete expressions of measles rash; chest bi; modern use for cardio-vascular diseases)

    Special Notes:
  • (cooking: do no decoct for too long a time)
  • Hong Hua is often combined with Tao Ren for synergistic effects. Hong Hua is better for blood stagnation in the channels and collaterals whereas Tao Ren is btter for treatment of abdominal blood stagnation.

  • (cc: pregnancy)