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Qian Cao

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Name: Madder Root (茜草)

Pinyin: Qian Cao

Pharm. Name: Rubiae, Radix Et Rhizoma

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Bitter

Cool blood, resolve blood stasis, and stop bleeding, dredge meridians.

Liver

 

Description:

The dry root and rhizome of perennial trailing herbaceous plant Rubia cordifolia. This herb is bitter in flavor and cold in nature and good at moving in the blood system. It can cool blood and stop bleeding as well as activate and promote blood circulation. So it is indicated for bleeding due to recklessly blood flow resulted from blood heat or blood stasis retention inside vessels, especially for various bleeding due to blood heat with blood stasis. It can promote blood circulation and free vessels, resolve blood stasis and dredge meridians and collaterals, usually indicated for the syndrome of meridians and collaterals obstruction due to blood stasis, such as amenorrhea due to blood stasis, traumatic injury, and wind-damp arthralgia.

 

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