Ligusticum

Ligusticum (Chuan Xiong)

Ligusticum (Chuan Xiong)

Botanical Name: Ligusticum chuanxiong (aka L. wallichii)

Long used by the Chinese as a medicinal herb it is also used in cooking and as fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Not to be confused with Ligusticum sinense or Ligusticum porteri, plants in the same genus with different attributes.

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Western

Western Name: Ligusticum

Also Known As: N/A

Organs/Systems: Blood, Immunity, Menses

Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Immune Enhancement, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-spastic, Sedative, Pain Relief.  Treats a wide variety of hematological disorders including ischemia and thrombosis.

Eastern

Pin Yin: Chuan Xiong

Also Known As: Szechuan Loveage Root

Meridians: Liver, Gallbladder, Pericardium

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Invigorates Qi and Blood:  Often used to relieve symptoms related to menstruation (cramping, headaches, nausea, late start) and general gynecological disorders. Also angina, coronary and cerebral ischemia. Relieves Pain and Inflammation: even associated with traumatic injuries. Dispels Wind: a leading herb for any externally contracted wind disorder characterized by headache, dizziness or painful obstruction.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Perennial plant with hermaphrodite flowers that are pollinated by insects. It is in the carrot family. It is native to India and Nepal and is now mainly cultivated in Sichuan province in China. Also cultivated in Jiangxi, Hubei and Xhaaxi.

Ligusticum (Gao Ben)Parts Most Frequently Used: Root, Rhizomes

Flavors/Temps: Acrid, Warm

Caution: None noted.

History/Folklore: Szechuan Lovage Root (Chuan Xiong) is not to be confused with Chinese Lovage Root (Gao Ben). Both Chaun Xiong and Gao Ben treat headaches. Gao Ben focuses on the Bladder and Du channels. Chaun Xiong focuses on the Liver and Gallbladder Channels, moving to the head and eyes, but not the parietal headache. Gao Ben is considered a very drying herb, so not the best to treat yin deficient conditions.

Key Constituents:

Volatile Oil (Ligusticum Sinensis and Ligusticum Jeholense), Limonene, Terpinolene, Elemicin, Lavandulol.

Did you know?

Move Blood and Qi

A highly aromatic herb use by the Chinese to move Blood (Xue) and Qi, as well as warm the meridians, protect blood and cool excess fire.

Facts

Cleanse the Liver

Ligusticum is so good at improving circulation that it is considered an excellent liver cleansing tonic.

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Combines Well

Ligusticum combines well with almost any other tonic herb and may be added to almost any formula.

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