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1. Curcuma zedoaria Rosc.; 2. Curcuma aromatica Salisb.; 3. Curcuma Kwangsiensis S. Lee et C. F. Liang
Source of Earliest Record
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The rhizomes are dug in autumn or winter. They are cleaned, boiled and dried. After the fibrous roots have been removed, the rhizomes are cut into slices.
Properties & Taste
Pungent and bitter
Liver and spleen
1. To invigorate blood and move stagnation; 2. To promote qi circulation and stop pain
Indications & Combinations
1. Qi and blood stagnation manifested as abdominal pain, amenorrhea, abdominal or epigastric masses. Zedoary (Ezhu) is used with Burreed tuber (Sanleng) in the formula Ezhu Wan.
2. Dysfunction of the spleen in transforming and transporting manifested as retention of food, epigastric and abdominal distension, fullness and pain. Zedoary (Ezhu) is used with Burreed tuber (Sanleng), Hawthorn fruit (Shanzha), Costus root (Muxiang) and Immature bitter orange (Zhishi).
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy and during profuse menstrual flow.
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