Ligusticum ( 川芎 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Ligusticum or Cnidium
Part of Plant Used
Liver, Gallbladder, Pericardium
This herb is well known for its use in formulas that treat headaches; also used to treat concussion, chest and rib pain, and some menstrual imbalances (TCM: stagnant Qi and/or Blood; external wind conditions; congealed Blood).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Invigorates Blood and promotes circulation of Qi; expels Wind and alleviates pain. Used for headaches.
Common Formulas Used In
Clematis and Stephania; Cnidium and Tea; Cyperus and Ligusticum; Ginseng and Tang Gui Ten; Leonuris and Achyranthes; Tang Gui and Gardenia; Tang Gui and Ginseng Eight; Tang Gui Four; Tu-Huo and Loranthus.
Cautions in Use
Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use where there is deficient Yin with heat, rising Liver Yang headaches, excessive menstrual bleeding, or where there is very deficient Qi.