Chuan Xiong - Szechuan Lovage Root

TCM Materia Medica

Chuan Xiong TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "chuan xiong" which in english is Chuan Xiong herb"szechuan lovage root", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, liver and pericardium channels and exhibits acrid and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-6g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis).
  • Expels wind and alleviates pain - headache (temporal, vertex), dizziness, painful obstructions, skin issues.
  • Headache - moves qi upward and alleviates pain; headaches due to wind, heat, cold, blood deficiency.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding chuan xiong:

 

Chuan Xiong may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain - cramps), headache, labor promotion and/or skin problems (rash)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, chuan xiong is generally included in the following 44 formulas:

  • Ba Wei Dai Xia Fang (Eight Herb Powder for Vaginal Discharge) - Clearing damp heat in the lower warmer, particularly with u…
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  • Ba Zhen Wan (Eight Treasure Combination) - For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident…
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  • Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan (Great Yang Restoration Pills) - Fatigue, weakness, with pale complexion due to chronic qi a…
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  • Bu Yang Huan Wu Wan (Tonify Yang To Restore Five Tenths Decoction) - Post-stroke recovery when stasis is from qi and yang defici…
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  • Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan (Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver) - Liver qi stagnation signs - hypochondriac tension, abdomina…
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  • Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills) - Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-hea…
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  • Dang Gui Wan (Tangkuei Powder) - For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident…
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  • Dan Gui Shao Yao Wan (Dang Gui And Peony Powder) - Blood deficiency with poor water circulation - generally …
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  • Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction) - Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood defic…
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  • Dan Shen Huo Xue Wan (Red Sage Root Decoction for Promoting Blood Circulation) - Phlebitis, generally chronic.
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  • Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan (Solitary Hermit Teapills) - For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver a…
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  • Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan (Ledebouriella Pills to Sagely Unblock) - High fever with aversion to cold. Thick phlegm that may …
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  • Ge Xia Zhu Yu Wan (Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction) - For blood stasis below the diaphgram - abdominal masses, li…
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  • Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan (Coptis Clearance Pill) - Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-…
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  • Jiang Dan Gu Chun Wan (Contribute To Youthfulness Pills) - For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening me…
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  • Jiao Ai Wan (Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Formula) - Uterine bleeding/spotting. Abdominal/Uterine/Ovarian cramp…
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  • Jing Fang Bai Du Wan (Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences) - Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - commo…
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  • Nuan Gong Yun Zi Wan (Warm Uterus & Conception Pills) - Infertility, history of miscarriage due to blood deficiency…
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  • Pian Tou Tong Wan (Migraine Pills) - Headaches and/or migraines caused by liver yang or liver fi…
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  • Ping Gan Liu Qi Yin Wan (Dang Gui And Pinellia Combination) - Liver qi stagnation with blood deficiency heat - signs of…
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  • Qing Bi Wan (Clear The Nose Decoction) - Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medi…
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  • Qi Xue Da Bu Wan (Nourish Qi & Blood Pills) - Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold. Low…
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  • Ren Shen Bai Du Wan (Ginseng Detoxification Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Abdominal Stasis Relief Pills) - Qi and blood stagnation in the lower jiao - lower abdominal…
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  • Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan (Remove Stagnant Blood from a Painful Body Pills) - Qi and Blood stagnation blocking the channels and collatera…
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  • Shi Quan Da Bu Wan (Ten Tonics Nourishment Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan (Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction) - Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the chann…
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  • Si Wu Tang Wan (Four Substances Pills) - The primary base formula for tonifying the blood and regula…
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  • Suan Zao Ren Wan (Sour Jujube Decoction) - Shen related issues when arising from liver blood deficienc…
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  • Tao Hong Si Wu Wan (Four Substances Pills With Safflower And Peach Pit) - A modified version of si wu tang with the inclusion of tao …
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  • Te Xiao Bi Min Gan Wan (Specially Effective Nasal Allergy Pills) - Generally useful for a range of allergy symptoms - seasonal…
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  • Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan (Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills) - Stiffness, pain, and/or tightness of the neck.
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  • Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction) - Blood stagnation particularly in the head - migraines and/o…
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  • Wen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula) - Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleed…
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  • Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan (Black Chicken White Phoenix Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Xiao Huo Luo Wan (Minor Invigorate Channels Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan (Knee Joint Pain Relief) - Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms. Knee i…
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  • Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder) - Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or …
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  • Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Blood Stasis Relief Pills) - Qi and Blood stagnation - pain, cardiovascular issues, phys…
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  • Yi Gan Wan (Restrain The Liver Powder) - Anxiety, palpitations, easily frightened, alternating fever…
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  • Yu Dai Wan (Cure Discharge Leucorrhea Pill) - Abnormal vaginal discharge - yellow or green colour, cottag…
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  • Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill) - An important formula for plum pit qi and related issues ari…
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  • Zhong Feng Hui Chun Wan (Stroke Recovery Pills) - Bell's Palsy, facial paralysis, slurry of speech, difficult…
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  • Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan (Sciatica Pills) - Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the l…
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    As noted above, chuan xiong is within the herbs that invigorate blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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