Ligusticum ( 川芎 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Chuan Xiong

Latin Plant Name

Ligustici Wallichii

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Chuan Xiong

Common English Name

Ligusticum or Cnidium

Part of Plant Used






Meridians Entered

Liver, Gallbladder, Pericardium

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




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.

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