Xiang Fu - Invigorate QI
LV, SP, SJ (6-12g)


Xiang Fu (Nutgrass Rhizome)

Tv Commercial: "Is your lady whacked out with stagnant LV qi and painful irregular menstruation?! If so, get her some nutgrass rhizome!"

But be careful, too much free flowing can cause fatigue (cc: qi def. without stagnation) and sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency or heat in the blood)

English Name: cyperus, nutgrass rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Cyperi
Properties: acrid, slightly bitter, slightly sweet, neutral

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
stagnant LV qi spreads and regulates LV qi
painful irregular menstruation regulate menstruation and relieves pain


       Xiang Fu Actions and Indications
  • Spreads and regulates LV Qi (abdominal pain and epigastric pain, abdominal pain, LV qi stagnation with hypochondriac pain and epigastric pain, disharmony between Liver and Spleen; frequent sighing; emotional distress; stomach pain caused by stress)
  • Regulates menstruation, relieves pain (irregular mensutration, dysmenorrhea, qi and blood stagnation in gynecological disorders: breast distension; stagnation signs in chest, breast, hypochondriac regions, abdomen)
  • (cc: qi deficiency without stagnation)
  • (cc: yin deficiency or heat in blood)
    Special Notes:
  • Both Xiang Fu and Chai Hu smooth LV qi and regulate menstruation.
  • Xiang Fu is called "the blood mover among the qi moving herbs" and is known as the "general of qi disease".
  • Xiang Fu is neutral.

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