Rhizoma Ligustici

 

Source
Rhizome of Ligusticum sinense Oliv. or rhizome and root of L jeholense Nakai et Kitag., family Umbelliferae.

Characteristics
Rhizome irregularly nodular-cylindrical, with round stem base at the upper end and scar of fibrous roots at the lower end. L jeholense: irregular masses, stem base not noticeable, with numerous slender and curved roots. Tissue thin and loose, with cracks. Acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to urinary bladder channel.

Indication
Expel cold and induce sweating to expel the exogenous evils from the body surface, expel wind, eliminate dampness and alleviate pain: For common cold of wind-cold type, headache of wind-cold or wind-dampness type, especially for parietal and occipital headache, toothache and arthralgia of wind-cold-dampness type.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its volatile oil exerts sedative and analgesic effect on central nervous system.
2. Bacteriostatic effect on pathogenic fungi.

Administration Decoction: 3-10g.


   

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