Chuan Xiong

Chuan Xiong in TCM:

English Name: cnidium, Sichuan lovage rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Properties: acrid, warm
Explore the properties of Chuan Xiong according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: warm
Channels: LV, GB, PC
Flavors: pungent
Regulates: circulates qi, circulates blood, disperses cold, clears heat, clears damp, disperses wind, alleviates bi syndrome

Actions / Indications:
  • Invigorates qi and blood; relieves pain (qi stagnation and blood stasis with pain chest, flanks, hypochondriac regions; key herb for gynecological disorders such as amenorrhea, lochioschesis, dysmenorrhea; wide variety of modern uses such as cardio-cerebral vascular diseases, hemiplegia due to strokes)
  • Expels wind; lifts qi upward; alleviates pain (headaches due to blood stasis, damp, wind, heat, cold, or blood deficiency; bi syndrome; variety of skin disorders caused by wind)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)
  • (cc: LV yang rising)
  • (cc: qi deficiency)
  • (cc: excess mentrual bleeding)

    Special Notes:
  • especially for Shao Yang and Jue Yin headaches, Chuan Xiong is the essential headache herb and can be used for all types of headaches except those due to LYR.
  • chuan xiong is "the best qi moving herb among the blood invigorating herbs"