Dragon’s blood (Xuejie)
Pharmaceutical Name: Sanguis Draconis
Botanical Name: Daemonorops draco Bl.
Common Name: Calamus gum, Dragon’s blood
Source of Earliest Record: Xinxiu Bencao
Part Used: The red resinous secretion from the fruit and stem is collected during the summer. It is heated or steamed into a solid resin, then pounded into powder.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet, salty and neutral
Meridians: Heart and liver
1. To stop bleeding and promote the healing of wounds.
2. To invigorate blood and remove stagnation.
3. To stop pain.
1. Hemorrhages due to external injuries. Dragon’s blood (Xuejie) can be taken alone for external use, or it can be combined with Cattail pollen (Puhuang).
2. Chronic ulcers. Dragon’s blood (Xuejie) is used with Frankincense (Ruxiang) and Myrrh (Moyao) for external use.
3. Swelling and pain due to blood stagnation caused by external injuries. Dragon’s blood (Xuejie) is used with Frankincense (Ruxiang) and Myrrh (Moyao) in the formula Qili San.
Dosage: 1-1.5 g in pill form
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in the absence of signs of blood stagnation.