Rhizoma Curcumae Longae

 

Source
The rhizome of Curcuma longa L., family Zingiberaceae.

Characteristics
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.

Indication
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.

Pharmacological Action
1. 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

Administration Decoction: 3-9g.

Caution Contraindicated for pregnant women.


   

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