Su Mu - Sappan Wood

TCM Materia Medica

Su Mu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "su mu" which in english is Su Mu herb"sappan wood", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver and spleen channels and exhibits neutral (ping), salty (xian) and sweet (gan) 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, reduce swelling - post partum abdominal pain, amenorrhea, pain and swelling due to trauma.
  • Stops bleeding - excessive post partum bleeding with vertigo and shortness of breath.

Su Mu 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) and/or trauma

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, su mu is generally included in the following 1 formula:

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.

As noted above, su mu 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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