Chuan Xiong- Invigorate Blood and Relieve Pain (LV)
LV, GB, PC (3-9g)


Chuan Xiong (Little Juan Young)

Little Chuan Xiong was SO energetic as a child - he would always run in bloody circles which caused painful Shao Yang and Jue Yin headaches. One day he ran so fast that he created a powerful wind twister that lifted his qi so much it gave him yet another painful headache!

What a strange little boy! Legend tells that his pregnant mother (cc: pregnancy) had (cc: excess menstrual bleeding) and (cc: LYR) with (cc: qi deficiency) and sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency with heat).

English Name: cnidium, Sichuan lovage rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Properties: acrid, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
SO energetic as a child.... run in bloody circles invigorates qi and blood
painful alleviates pain
wind... lifted his qi... painful Expels wind; lifts qi upwards; alleviates pain


      Chuan Xiong Actions and Indications
  • Invigorates qi and blood; relieves pain (qi stagnation and blood stasis with pain chest, flanks, hypochondriac regions; key herb for gynecological disorders such as amenorrhea, lochioschesis, dysmenorrhea; wide variety of modern uses such as cardio-cerebral vascular diseases, hemiplegia due to strokes)
  • Expels wind; lifts qi upward; alleviates pain (headaches due to blood stasis, damp, wind, heat, cold, or blood deficiency; bi syndrome; variety of skin disorders caused by wind)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat)
  • (cc: LV yang rising)
  • (cc: qi deficiency)
  • (cc: excess mentrual bleeding)
    Special Notes:
  • especially for Shao Yang and Jue Yin headaches, Chuan Xiong is the essential headache herb and can be used for all types of headaches except those due to LYR.
  • chuan xiong is "the best qi moving herb among the blood invigorating herbs"

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