Radix Curcumae


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 grey 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.
3. 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.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its decoction stimulates the intestine of guinea-pigs in vitro.
2. Inhibiting the growth of skin fungi and typhoid bacillus in vitro.

Administration Decoction: 3-9g.


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