The flower of Carthamus tinctorius L., family Compositae.
Flower fine, elongated-striped, or several strips jointed together, 1.0-1.5
long. Corolla red or orange-red, tubular, 5-lobed at the upper part, lobes
linear; each corolla containing 5 stamens; anthers yellow, gathering into
tubes; stigma of pistil stretching from the anther tube, and 2-forked.
Slightly aromatic in odour. Acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive
to heart and liver channels.
1. Promote blood circulation to remove blood stasis, promote menstruation
and alleviate pain: For blood-stasis syndrome with amenia, dysmenorrhea,
or postpartum abdominal pain. Recently, for ischemic apoplexy, angina
pectoris, thromboanglitis obliterans, sudden deafness, sclerederma neonatorum,
flat wart, neurodermatitis, etc.
2. Promote blood circulation to relieve carbuncle: For preventing and
treating bed sore (extemal use); for conjunctivitis and the early stage
of the carbuncle.
3. Promote blood circulation and let out the skin eruption: For blood
stasis with impediment of skin eruptions.
Its decoction stimulates uteri and intestines of experimental animals
2. Its decoction increases coronary flow and lowers blood pressure in
3. Small dose of its decoction mildly stimulates and large dose inhibits
the heart of toads.
0.6-1.0g for promoting blood production; 2.0-2.5g for regulating blood;
3-9g promoting blood circulation; 9-12g for removing blood stasis.
Injection: 50% solution 2-4 ml IM once or twice daily; for ischemic apolexy,
10-15 ml added in 10% glucose 250 ml IV for drips daily, 15-20 times as