The root tuber of Curcuma aromatica Salisb., C: kwangsiensis S. G. Lee
et C. F. Liang, C: zedoria Rosc. family Zingiberaceae.
Root tubers cambiform or long-elliptical, 1.5-3.5 cm long. Surface light
or yellow-white, finely wrinkled. Fractured surface grey-white or yellow-white,
corneous, with a distinct ring of endodermis. Acrid and bitter in taste,
cold in nature, and attributive to heart, liver and gallbladder channels.
1. Promote blood circulation to remove blood stasis, promote vital energy
circulation and disperse the stagnated vital energy: For stagnation of
blood and vital energy resulting irb angina pectoris, trauma, dysmenorrhea,
menoxenia, 6r hypochondriac mass. Recently, also used for hyperlipemia.
2. Promote the excretion of bile and reduce jaundice: For jaundice of
dampness-heat type. Recently, used for jaundice caused by the diseases
of liver and gallbladder.
Clear away heart-fire and eliminate phlegm: For phlegm-retention syndrome
involving the heart orifices with frightening, epilepsy, depressive or
manic psychosis, or dampness-warm disease complicated with coma, usually
used together with Alumen.
4. Cool the blood and stop bleeding: For blood-heat or blood stasis syndrome
with hematemesis, epistaxis, or hematuria.
1. Its decoction stimulates the intestine of guinea-pigs in vitro.
2. Inhibiting the growth of skin fungi and typhoid bacillus in vitro.