INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Flos Carthami
Common English: Safflower
Saffron
Carthamus
Herbs that Regulate the Blood: Herbs that Invigorate the Blood
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
(Slightly Bitter)
(Sweet)
Warm
(Lukewarm)
Heart
Liver
(Lung)
3-10g
12-15g = a large dose
0.9-1.5g when harmonizing Blood
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Invigorates the Blood, dispels Blood Stasis, opens the channels, unblocks menstruation and alleviates pain

Blood Stasis, especially in women for gynecological problems such as abdominal pain amenorrhea, postpartum dizziness retained lochia and abdominal masses

Trauma, non suppurative sores, carbuncles, and dark, purplish erythema

Incomplete expression of rash of measles

Chest Bi due to blood Stasis

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with any bleeding disorder, such as hemorrhagic disease, menorrhagia or peptic ulcer.
  • Overdose can cause continuous bleeding.
  • Caution, this herb may cause weight loss.
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. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Lignum Sappan
Su Mu
(Rx. Angelicae Sinensis)
(Dang Gui)

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao

Chest and abdominal pain due to Qi and Blood Stasis.

Trauma with pain and swelling.

Eye redness, swelling and pain.

Hb. Leonuri
Yi Mu Cao

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu

Rx. Arnebiae/Lithospermi
Zi Cao
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

 

Blood Stasis with abdominal pain or postpartum lochiostasis.

Abdominal masses and accumulations.

Measles with purple rash.

Toxic swellings, carbuncles and boils.

Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi

Lignum Sappan
Su Mu

Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren

Induces labor.

Promotes the movement of Blood and unblocks menstruation.

Traumatic injury with painful, swollen bruises or hematomas.

Coronary Heart disease.

Invigorates the Blood for all types of Blood Stagnation such as dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, swollen painful sores and chest and abdominal pain.

Sm. Persicae
Tao Ren

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao

Fol. Nelumbinis
He Ye
Pollen Typhae
Pu Huang
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Cx. Moutan
Mu Dan Pi

Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Menstrual pain or amenorrhea.

Postpartum dizziness or abdominal pain from Blood Stagnation.

Stillbirth or difficult labor.

Rz. Alpiniae Officinarum
Gao Liang Jiang
Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Faeces Trogopterori
Wu Ling Zhi
Pollen Typhae
Pu Huang
Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo
Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Sp. Gleditsiae
Zao Jiao Ci
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li

Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi
Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Rz. Curcumae Longae
Jiang Huang

Epigastric or abdominal pain.

Abdominal pain.

Hepatomegaly.

Pheretima
Di Long
Eupolyphaga
Tu Bie Chong

Ram. Mori
Sang Zhi
Pheretima
Di Long
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia
Rz. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Lithospermi/Arnebiae
Zi Cao
Fol. Isatidis
Da Qing Ye

Bi syndrome.

Hemiplegia.

Macular eruption.

Lignum Santali Albi
Tan Xiang
Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou
Bul. Allii Macrostemi
Xie Bai
Ram. Cinnamomi
Gui Zhi
Faeces Trogopterori
Wu Ling Zhi

 

 

Chest pain and angina.

 

 

  1. Large doses dispel Blood Stasis. Small doses harmonize the Blood.
  2. Stigma Crocus Sativa (Tibetan saffron) Fan Hong Hua or Xi Hong Hua is stronger and more expensive than this herb. It is used for severe cases of Blood Stasis with chest pain.
  3. The dried flower of this herb is the raw material for rouge.
  4. This herb is a powerful Blood activator.
  5. It is most often used for gynecological problems.
  6. Other good saffron comes from Spain and Iran.
  7. Some sources say that this herb induces labor.
  8. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  9. It moistens Dryness and harmonizes the Blood to sooth Liver constraint. In large doses, it breaks up the Blood and in small doses, it gently moves and nourishes the Blood.
  10. For ceruminitis with unceasing fetid pus, pulverize 0.3g of Hong Hua and 30g of Alumen Ming Fan and fill the ear.
  11. It is also said that decocted in water, this herb nourishes the Blood and decocted in wine, removes Blood Stasis.
  12. Both Hong Hua and Hb. Leonuri Yi Mu Cao invigorate the Blood and enter the Blood Levels of the Heart and Liver channels. Hong Hua is warm and more strongly invigorates the Blood, reduces swellings and, in large doses, strongly breaks up Blood Stasis . Yi Mu Cao is slightly cold and gently cools Blood Heat when Heat is associated with Stagnation. It also facilitates urination.
  13. Both Hong Hua and Lignum Sappan Su Mu are similar in their actions. Hong Hua is slightly warm and harmonious while Su Mu is slightly cool.
  14. Flos Crocus Sativa Fan Hong Hua is sweet, cold, enters the Heart and Liver channels. It has similar functions to Hong Hua, but has a much stronger ability to invigorate and cool the Blood, eliminate Blood Stasis and eliminate Heat toxin. It is commonly used when Heat is Attacking the Ying and Xue levels with maculae and high fever. It is expensive and seldom used. The dosage is 1.5-3g.