Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Curcumae longae
Botanical Name: Curcuma longa L.
Common Name: Turmeric
Source of Earliest Record: Xinxiu Bencao
Part Used: The rhizomes are dug in autumn or winter. After the bark and fibrous roots have been removed, the rhizomes are cleaned, boiled, dried in the sun and cut into slices.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent, bitter and warm
Meridians: Liver and spleen
1. To invigorate blood and promote qi circulation.
2. To promote menstruation and stop pain.
1. Qi and blood stagnation manifested as chest pain, hypochondriac pain, amenorrhea and abdominal pain. Turmeric (Jianghuang) is used with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Curcuma root (Yujin), Cyperus tuber (Xiangfu) and Corydalis tuber (Yanhusuo).
2. Wind-damp obstruction syndrome manifested as rigid neck, shoulder pain and motor impairment of the limbs. Turmeric (Jianghuang) is used with Notopterygium root (Qianghuo) and Chinese angelica root (Danggui) in the formula Shujing Tang.
Dosage: 5-10 g