INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Rhizoma Curcumae (Zedoariae)
Common English: Curcuma Rhizome
Zedoary Root
Zedoaria
Herbs That Invigorate Blood: Herbs that Invigorate the Blood
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
Acrid
Warm
Liver
Spleen
3-10g
Tincture: 1-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Invigorates Blood circulation, dispels Blood Stasis, regulates Qi and alleviates pain

Blood Stasis with abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal masses and epigastric masses

Dissolves accumulations and alleviates pain

Food Stagnation with pain, distention, fullness and constriction in the chest and abdomen

Childhood nutritional impairment

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated in pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated in all cases of early menstruation.
  • Contraindicated in all cases of Blood Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with menorrhagia.
  • Contraindicated for those with Deficiency.
  • Do not use unless there is firm, stubborn accumulation.
  • Caution with Qi and Blood Deficiency.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • Use with caution for patients taking anticoagulants such as heparin, warfarin (Coumadin) and enoxaparin (Lovenox) or antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin, dipyridamole (Persantine) and clopidogrel (Plavix) as concurrent use may have an additive or synergistic effect.

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen

Per. Citri Reticulatae Viride
Qing Pi

Food Stagnation with abdominal distention, fullness and pain.

Food Stagnation with abdominal distention, fullness, and pain with Qi Deficiency.

Stagnant Qi with chest and abdominal fullness and pain.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

or

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng

Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Menstrual problems due to Qi and Blood Stagnation, especially depression, painful abdominal masses, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea and a wiry pulse.

Qi and Blood Stagnation with clumping and accumulation leading to pain with distending pain in the chest, epigastrium and abdomen, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, uterine myoma and ovarian cysts.

Food Stagnation.

Hepatosplenomegaly with distention, pain and immobile, palpable epigastric, sub costal, and abdominal masses. (only for strong patients)

Hepatosplenomegaly with distention, pain, and immobile, palpable epigastric, sub costal, and abdominal masses with Heat. (only for strong patients)

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
(Rz. Sparganii)
(San Leng
)

 

Lignum Sappan
Su Mu

Massa Medicata Fermentata
Shen Qu
Fr. Hordei Germinatus
Mai Ya
Sm. Raphani
Lai Fu Zi
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi

Firm abdominal masses.

Harmonizes the Blood. (small doses)

Breaks up Blood Stasis. (large doses)

Epigastric distention and hardness.

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Fr Aurantii
Zhi Ke
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Rz. Curcumae Longae
Jiang Huang

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
Rz. Belamcandae
She Gan

Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Per. Citri Reticulatae Viride
Qing Pi
Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen
Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin

Epigastric distention and hardness of the right rib cage.

Epigastric distention and hardness of the left rib cage.

Periumbilical or lower abdominal masses.

Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Hb. Lycopi
Ze Lan
Faeces Trogopterori
Wu Lung Zhi
Tabanus
Meng Chong

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Fr. Aurantii Immaturus
Zhi Shi

Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu

Palpable masses in the abdomen.

Abdominal pain due to Qi Stagnation.

Indigestion.

Abdominal fullness and pain due to Qi Deficiency.

  1. Some sources consider this herb primarily as an anti-cancer herb and is considered one of the most effective anti-cancer herbs.
  2. It is used with Rz. Sparganii San Leng for cervical cancer.
  3. It is used as a single herb for late stage cervical cancer during menses.
  4. It relieves diaphragmatic pain.
  5. This is a weaker Blood Invigorator than San Leng, but a stronger Qi mover.
  6. It's primary action is in the abdomen, flanks and hypochondrium.
  7. It attacks delineated lumps.
  8. It regulates Qi, increases appetite, breaks up Blood Stasis, relieves pain and stops dysentery.
  9. It removes Phlegm and treats globus hystericus.
  10. This herb is dry-fried for Liver diseases, simmered for diseases of the Heart and Spleen channels and roasted with goat or chicken for regulating menstruation for which it is used with Four Substances Decoction Si Wu Tang.
  11. Local injection of the volatile oil necrotizes the tumor and causes it to come off without affecting the surrounding tissue.
  12. Dry-fried Rz. Curcumae Chao E Zhu is suitable for more ordinary use than firm, stubborn accumulation.
  13. Vinegar Rz. Curcumae Cu E Zhu is better able to enter the blood level of the Liver channel and its ability to disperse Stasis and stop pain is enhanced.
  14. Both E Zhu and Rz. Curcumae Longae Jiang Huang are warm, acrid and bitter and both break up Blood Stasis and move Qi to stop pain. E Zhu more strongly breaks up Blood Stasis and reduces accumulations while Jiang Huang moves on the Interior and Exterior to treat Wind Bi.