Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Curcumae
Common English: Curcuma Tuber
Turmeric Tuber
Herbs that Regulate the Blood: Herbs that Invigorate the Blood
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Invigorates the Blood, dispels Blood Stasis, regulates Qi flow, speeds healing of chronic sores and alleviates pain

Blood Stasis due to trauma (topical and internal)

Chronic sores

Liver Qi Stagnation with chest, flank menstrual and abdominal pain

Especially useful for Liver Qi Stagnation with Heat signs

Clears Heat and cools the Blood

Xue Level Heat with epistaxis, hematemesis and hematuria

Especially for epistaxis at the onset of menstruation (inverted menstruation)

Clears the Heart and Pericardium and opens the Orifices

Phlegm Heat Obstructing the Heart Orifices with anxiety, agitation, seizures or mental derangement

Benefits the Gallbladder and reduces jaundice

Gallbladder disorders

  • Contraindicated for those with distention and obstruction with Qi Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with no Qi or Blood Stasis.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency from blood loss.
  • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke

Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu


Pain in the abdomen and flanks associated with menstruation.

Liver Qi Stagnation with a stifling sensation in the chest and fullness in the epigastrium and abdomen with Heat signs.

Stabbing pain in the chest, flanks and abdomen due to Blood Stagnation.

Liver Qi and Blood Stagnation with flank pain and distention, dysmenorrhea and irregular menstruation.

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
Hb. Lycopi
Ze Lan

Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

Heat with Blood Stasis causing chest Bi.

Accumulation or masses in the hypochondrium.

Jaundice with flank pain, constriction and distention of the chest, scanty urine and anorexia due to Damp-Heat febrile disease.

Cx. Moutan
Mu Dan Pi
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi

Hb. Lysimachiae
Jin Qian Cao

Rz. Acori Tatarinowii
Shi Chang Pu
Succus Bambusae
Zhu Li

Purplish skin rashes, hematemesis and epistaxis due to Blood Heat with Blood Stasis.

Pain due to Stone Lin.

Damp-Heat veiling the clear Orifices with focal distention, a stifling sensation in the chest and epigastrium and muddled consciousness.

Ming Fan

Spora Lygodii
Hai Jin Sha
Corneum Endothelium Gigeriae Galli
Ji Nei Jin


Seizures due to Phlegm Obstruction.

Gall stones.


  1. There are two major varieties of this herb, Chuan Yu Jin and Guang Yu Jin. Chuan Yu Jin is milder, is more for moving Qi, and is used for weaker patients. Guang Yu Jin is stronger and is more for moving Blood.
  2. This herb also helps relieve depression.
  3. This herb is quite valuable for its Liver dredging and Gallbladder purging abilities. It is similar to Rx. Bupleuri Chai Hu. It also treats sharp pain (similar to Corydalis Yan Hu Suo and Melia Ku Lian Gen Pi).
  4. This herb is similar in action to Rz. Curcumae Longae Jiang Huang and Rz. Curcumae E Zhu.
  5. This herb is good for Heat in the Blood with Stasis.
  6. Although its ability to clear the Heart is good, its ability to open the Orifices is weak.
  7. It treats withdrawal seizures in Liver patients.
  8. It treats pox toxin entering the Heart.
  9. This herb is used a yellow dye in the textile industry.
  10. Both Yu Jin and Rz. Curcumae Longae Jiang Huang promote the movement of Qi and Blood and facilitate the Gall-bladder to eliminate jaundice. Yu Jin is stronger in this regard. Jiang Huang is warm rather than Cold, and treats Wind Bi which Yu Jin does not do. Yu Jin enters the Blood Level to cool Heat and break up Blood Stasis while promoting the flow of Qi at the Blood Level. It also clears Heat and relieves constraint which Jiang Huang does not do.