Curculigo orchioides Gaertn Fam Amaryllidaceae


Nut Grass Weed

Curculigo orchioides Gaertn. (Fam. Amaryllidaceae) I. Whole plant with flowers; 2. Opened corolla showing stamen and pistil english name turmeric rhizome part used dried rhizome

Rhizoma Curcumae Longae is produced in the provinces of Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Yunnan, and in Taiwan. Collected in autumn and winter, the rhizome is washed and scalded in boiling water, then dried in sunlight. After the hairy rootlets and peel are removed, it is sliced and used unprepared.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Pungent and bitter in flavor, warm in property, acts on the Liver and Spleen channels.


Invigorates circulation of Blood and promotes menstruation to relieve pain.

clinical use and major combinations

For pain in the chest and hypochondria due to Blood Stasis or for amenorrhea and abdominal pain due to Blood Stasis, it is used with Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), Flos Carthami Tinctorii (Hong Hua), and Radix Curcumae Yanhusuo (Yan Hu Suo).

For arm pain due to Wind Dampness, it is used with Rhizoma Notopterygii (Qiang Huo) and Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui).

Used with Radix et Rhizoma Rhei (Da Huang), Radix Angelicae Dahuricae (Bai Zhi), Rhizoma Arisaematis (Tian Nan Xing), and Radix Tricho-santhis (Tian Hua Fen) in powder form, it is applied topically, for skin ulceration.

dosage and administration

5—10 g, decocted in water for an oral dose. Appropriate amount for external use.


None noted.

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