Ru Xiang


Ru Xiang in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ru Xiang according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: mastic, frankincense, olibanum
Pharmacuetical Name: Gummi Olibanum
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: SP, HT, LV

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, circulates blood, reduces swelling

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates blood, promotes qi movement, relieves pain; relaxes sinews (chest, stomach, epigastric and abdominal pain due to qi and blood stagnation; pain and swelling due to trauma; amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea due to blood stasis)
  • Reduces swelling; promotes flesh generation (skin lesions, ulcerations, use topically as an ointment or powder for chronic non-healing sores, carbuncles, bi syndrome, trauma. Take internally for early stage carbuncles, sores, swelling, boils, intestinal and breast abcesses)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: SP deficiency)

    Special Notes:
  • Compare Ru Xiang to Mo Yao, which has a very similar function. Ru Xiang is stronger to relax tendons and is often used to treat bi syndrome.