Cyperus ( 香附 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Cyperi Rotundi

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Xiang Fu

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used



Slightly Warm


Acrid, slightly bitter, sweet

Meridians Entered

Liver, Triple Burner

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas that relieve pain, particularly the pain of menstruation (OM: deficient/stagnant Qi and Liver Qi), without a "numbing" effect.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Circulates Qi and resolves constrained Liver Qi; regulates menstruation and alleviates pain.

Common Formulas Used In

Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Cyperus and Ligusticum.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is deficient Qi without stagnation, or if there is deficient Yin with heat.

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