Frankincense Gum ( 乳香 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Gummi Olibanum

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Ru Xiang

Common English Name

Frankincense Gum

Part of Plant Used

Gum resin




Acrid, warm

Meridians Entered

Heart, Liver, Spleen

Common Usages

Applied topically, this herb is used as an antiseptic and to reduce heat and swelling. Internally, it reduces swelling and helps with symptoms of pain associated with menstruation, early stages of carbuncles, sores, and swellings, and pain on the skin and in the mouth (TCM: congealed Blood pain}; also helps with trunk pain (TCM: due to congealed Blood), and spasm and rigidity (TCM: due to wind-damp obstruction).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Invigorates Blood and promotes circulation of Qi; relaxes sinews, activates channels, and alleviates pain; reduces swelling and promotes healing.

Common Formulas Used In

Pseudoginseng and Dragon Blood; Tian Qi and Eucommia.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use during pregnancy.

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