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Cannabis sativa L. (Fam. Moraceae) I. Branch with fruit; 2. Male flower; 3. Female flower; 4. seeds pharmaceutical name Flos Carthami Tinctorii english name safflower part used dried flower
Flos Carthami Tinctorii is produced in the provinces of Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Zhejiang. The flower is picked in summer when it is turning from yellow to red, then dried in shade for use.
flavor, property, and channel tropism
Pungent in flavor, warm in property, acts on the Heart and Liver channels.
Invigorates Blood circulation to eliminate Blood Stasis, promotes menstruation.
clinical use and major combinations
For dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis, postpartum abdominal pain due to retention of Blood Stasis, masses in the abdomen, and traumatic pain, it is used with Semen Persicae (Tao Yen), Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong (Chuan Xiong), and Radix Peoniae Rubra (Chi Shao).
For chest pain due to obstruction of Qi in the chest, it is used with Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae (Dan Shen), Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong (Chuan Xiong), and Radix Peoniae Rubra (Chi Shao). For pains in the hypochondria due to Blood Stasis, it is used with Gummi Olibanum (Ru Xiang) and Myrrha (Mo Yao). For traumatic pain, it is used with Lignum Sappan (Su Mu), Sanguis Draconis (Xue Jie), and Moschus (She Xiang).
dosage and administration
Contraindicated during pregnancy.
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