Pinyin Name: Jiang Huang
English Name: Rhizoma Curcumae Longae
Other Names: Turmeric, Bao Ding Xiang
Tastes: Acrid, Bitter
Origin: China, India, Southeast Asia
Benefits of Jiang Huang:
Jiang Huang, also known as Turmeric, is native to India. Turmeric is a perennial herb, usually 1 to 1.5 meter in height. Roots are well developed into a bundle. Branch root is oval or cylindrical, orange-yellow.
Jiang Huang covers meridians of spleen and liver. Main functions are breaking stasis to promote the circulation of qi and inducing menstruation to relieve menalgia. Common uses and indications include blood stasis caused by the stagnation of qi, hypochondriac pain, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain due to blood stasis, wind-damp arthralgia, bruises. Recommended dosage is from 3 to 10 grams.
Jiang Huang is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Jiang Huang Tang is used to improve symptom management for traumatic injury, bruises and pain. Its ingredient herbs include Jiang Huang, Su Mu, Ru Xiang and Mo Yao. 2) Tui Qi San is used to improve symptom management for chest and rib pain caused by stagnated qi and congealing cold. Its ingredient herbs include Jiang Huang, Zhi Ke, Gui Xin and Zhi Gan Cao. 3) Wu Bi Tang is used to remove limbs arthralgia. Its ingredient herbs include Jiang Huang, Qiang Huo, Fang Feng, Dang Gui and more.