Flos Carthami


The flower of Carthamus tinctorius L., family Compositae.

Flower fine, elongated-striped, or several strips jointed together, 1.0-1.5 cm 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.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its decoction stimulates uteri and intestines of experimental animals in vitro.
2. Its decoction increases coronary flow and lowers blood pressure in dogs.
3. Small dose of its decoction mildly stimulates and large dose inhibits the heart of toads.

Administration Decoction:
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 1 course.


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