Rhizoma Curcumae Longae
The rhizome of Curcuma longa L., family Zingiberaceae.
Rhizome oblong or long-ovate, 2-3 cm long, 1.5-2.0 cm in diameter. Surface
brown-yellow, with annular stem nodes, on which dotted fibrous root scars
and round lateral rhizome scars remain. Section deep yellow to red yellow,
comeous, waxily lustrous, dotted vascular bundles and annular endodermis
visible. Aromatic in odour. Bitter and acrid in taste, warm in nature,
and attributive to liver and spleen channels.
1. Promote blood circulation to remove blood stasis, promote vital energy
circulation and alleviate pain: For stagnation or blood and vital energy
with pain in the chest , abdomen or hypochondria, dysmenorrhea, amenia,
and skin infection.
2. Expel wind and relieve arthralgia: For rheumatism, especially that
of the shoulder and arm, and periomarthritis.
Curcumin and its sodim salt are cholecystagogues.
2. Its alcoholic extract exerts a transient hypotensive effect.
3. Its aqueous infusion or alcoholic and petroleum ether extracts possess
an anti fertile effect in mice.
4. Its volatile oil and curcumin inhibit the growth of Staphylo1. Curcumin
and its sodium salt are cholecysta
Contraindicated for pregnant women.