Rhizoma Zedoariae


The axial rhizome of Curcuma kwangsinensis S. G. Lee et C. F. Liang, C aromatica Salisb. and C zedoaria Rosc., family Zingiberaceae.

Rhizome oblong or long-ovate or broad-conical, the widest part 3 cm in diameter. Surface grey-yellow with annular nodes. Heavy and hard. Section light brown or deep green-yellow, with obvious rings in the endodermis. Acrid and bitter in taste warm in nature, and attributive to liver and lung channels.

Remove blood stasis, activate vital energy and relieve pain: For stagnation of blood or vital energy manifested as amenorrhea, meno~ rrhalgia, precordial pain, abdominal distention, pain and mass, trauma; recently usually used for hepatosplenomegaly. Also for carcinoma of cervix, ovary, liver, lung and breast, lymphosarcoma, hysteromyoma, etc.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its volatile oil and its components curcumenol, curdione and B-elemene destroy directly the Ehrlich-Ascites tumor and leukemia615 in mice.
2. Promoting phagocytosis of monocytes.
3. Dilating peripheral blood vessels, inhibiting aggregation of thrombocytes and thrombosis, and improving microcirculation.

Administration Decoction:
5% Oleum Zedoariae Ampoule: 5-10 ml topical injection qd for carcinoma of cervix.
1%Curcumenol Ampoule: 2-4 ml topical injection qd for carcinoma of cervix.
30% Zedoariae Ampoule: 100-300 ml IV for drips qd for various kinds of tumours.


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