Jiang Huang - Tumeric Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Jiang Huang TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "jiang huang" which in english is Jiang Huang herb"tumeric rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) 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: 3-9g

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

  • Invigorate blood, unblock menses - chest and abdominal pain, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, pain and swelling due to trauma.
  • Promote the movement of Qi, alleviate pain - epigastric and/or abdominal pain.
  • Expel wind, promote movement of blood - wind damp painful obstruction w/blood stasis (particularly in the shoulders).

Jiang Huang may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain - cramps) and/or trauma

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, jiang huang is generally included in the following 7 formulas:

ViewHuang Lian Shang Qing Wan (Coptis Clearance Pill)

Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-term for inflammatory conditions of the face, mouth, head - sore throat, conjunctivitis, acne, swollen gums. Can be a supportive formula fo…

ViewJin Gu Die Da Wan (Tendon and Bone Injury Healing)

Bruising, sprains, swelling from soft tissue injuries. Broken or bruised bones. For post surgery recovery. For any other type of acute trauma to the body.

ViewJuan Bi Wan (Remove Painful Obstruction Decoction)

Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes in qi deficient patients - joint pain possibly with heaviness of the limbs that generally improves with movement.  Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis.  …

ViewShen Tong Zhu Yu Wan (Remove Stagnant Blood from a Painful Body Pills)

Qi and Blood stagnation blocking the channels and collaterals - pain in the extremities, shoulder pain, elbow pain, leg pain. With the right underlying patterns - possibly useful for fibromyalgia, c…

ViewShu Gan Wan (Liver Comfort Pills)

Abdominal and/or Hypochondriac pain, cramps or spasms resulting from liver qi stagnation. Alternating chills and fever. Nausea, bloating, acid reflux, alternating stools, or IBS like symptoms cause…

ViewTe Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan (Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills)

Stiffness, pain, and/or tightness of the neck.

ViewZuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan (Sciatica Pills)

Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the lower back and legs - sciatic pain, heaviness in the lower body, hip and knee pain, arthritis in those areas (osteo or rheumatoid).

As noted above, jiang huang is within the herbs that invigorate blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for blood stasis - pain, abscesses and ulcers, abdominal masses. )".

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