Ze Lan - Bugleweed

TCM Materia Medica

Ze Lan TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ze lan" which in english is Ze Lan herb"bugleweed", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and spleen channels and exhibits acrid, aromatic, 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:

  • Promotes movement of blood and menstruation - pain due to blood stasis obstructing menses, post partum abdominal pain from stasis.
  • Invigorates blood and dispels blood stasis - topically and interally for pain and swelling from traumatic injury or abscess.
  • Promotes urination - post partum edemc or lin, systematic or facial edema.

Ze Lan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Ze Lan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: edema and/or trauma

As noted above, ze lan 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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