What is Chuan Xiong?
, (scientific name: Ligusticum chuanxiong hort
), a cultivated plant, is mainly produced in Sichuan (Guanxian), and grows in mild climates in Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and other places. It is a kind of traditional Chinese medicine plant, which is often used to promote blood circulation, expel wind and relieve pain.
Ligusticum Chuanxiong has pungent and warm properties. Return liver, gallbladder, pericardium channel. Chuan Xiong pungent, dissipating and warming, enters the liver, gallbladder, and pericardium meridians. Head up, walk down the sea of blood, blood energy inside, and wind and cold outside. Strong in promoting blood circulation, it is most suitable for treating blood stasis and qi stagnation and pains, and it is most suitable for people with cold. Treating various headaches, it is the best for those with wind-cold and blood stasis; it is also optional for those with wind-heat, rheumatism, and blood deficiency, so the ancients said "headaches cannot be separated from Chuan Xiong".
Growth environment of Chuan Xiong
Chuan Xiong likes a mild climate, abundant rainfall, sufficient sunshine and a relatively humid environment. However, the cultivation stage and storage period of Chuan Xiong Ling seeds require cool climate conditions. The growth period is 280-290 days. In Pingba area, sandy loam with deep soil layer, loose and fertile, well-drained, rich in organic matter, neutral or slightly acidic should be selected.
Chuan Xiong is distributed in Sichuan (Peng County, now Pengzhou City, and the current production area has been transferred), and it is cultivated in Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hubei, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Hebei and other provinces.
Processing methods of Chuan Xiong
Collection and processing
In summer, when the node disk on the stem is obviously protruding and slightly purple, it is excavated, the sediment is removed, dried in the sun, and then the fibrous roots are removed.
Take the original medicinal materials, remove impurities, separate them by size, and wash them. Soak it in water until the nail can pinch into the skin, take it out, moisten it thoroughly, cut it into thin slices, and dry it. Sift to remove crumbs.
Wine Chuan Xiong
Take Chuan Xiong slices, add a certain amount of rice wine, mix well, slightly moisten, after the wine is completely absorbed, put it in a frying container, heat it with a slow fire, fry until brown, take it out and let it cool. Sift to remove crumbs. For every 100kg of Chuan Xiong slices, use 10kg of rice wine. This product contains volatile oil, so pay attention to check when it is stuffy to prevent oil from deteriorating, and avoid high-temperature drying.
Chuan Xiong TCM
Dried tubers of plants.
Pungent and warm.
Return liver, gallbladder meridian.
Invigorating blood and promoting qi, dispelling wind and relieving pain.
Promoting qi and dispelling depression, dispelling wind and dampness, promoting blood circulation and relieving pain. Control wind-cold headache, dizziness, hypochondriac pain, abdominal pain, arthralgia due to cold, cramps, amenorrhea, dystocia, postpartum stasis block pain, carbuncle sore. For irregular menstruation, amenorrhea dysmenorrhea, abdominal pain in the abdomen, tingling pain in the chest and hypochondrium, tumbling and swelling pain, headache, rheumatic arthralgia.
Oral administration: decoction, 1-2 qian; or into pills, powder, external application: grind into powder and sprinkle or apply.
Contraindicated in people with deficiency of yin and hyperactivity of fire, excess in the upper part and deficiency in the lower part, and weak qi.
Chuan Xiong benefits
Chuan Xiong is known as the qi medicine in the blood, and its effects are to promote qi and relieve depression, activate blood circulation and remove blood stasis, and relieve pain.
1. For severe headaches, Chuan Xiong can be used to treat headaches caused by wind and cold, migraines, and vascular headaches.
2. It is used to promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis, and often treat gynecological diseases, irregular menstruation, and amenorrhea.
3. Treat coronary heart disease, such as chest tightness, suffocation, and precordial pain.
4. Chuan Xiong is often used to promote qi and blood circulation in the treatment of some surgical diseases and bruises.
Chuan Xiong side effects
Chuan Xiong is a relatively common Chinese herbal medicine in clinical practice. But there are also certain side effects, such as skin allergic reactions, gastrointestinal reactions, and menorrhagia.
Skin allergic reaction
Some patients may have a certain allergic reaction to Chuan Xiong, which is likely to cause skin rash and cause skin itching all over the body of the patient. It is necessary to stop the drug or reduce the drug dose under the guidance of a doctor.
If you take too much Chuan Xiong, it may cause some irritation to the gastrointestinal tract, causing nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and other adverse symptoms in patients. Therefore, it is not recommended to take Chuan Xiong on an empty stomach. Once adverse symptoms appear, you need to go to the hospital immediately.
Chuan Xiong has the effect of invigorating blood and promoting qi. If you take it during menstruation, it may increase menstrual flow, which may easily lead to insufficient qi and blood in women. Therefore, it is not recommended to blindly take Chuanxiong during menstruation. If you need to take medicine, you need to consult a doctor in advance.
How to take Chuan Xiong?
Take an appropriate amount of Chuan Xiong, wash it, put it into a decoction vessel, add water to boil on high heat, then turn to low heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Filter out the residue before drinking. It can also be used with other medicinal materials under the guidance of a doctor. Compatibility decoction.
When taking Chuan Xiong decoction orally, the usual dosage is 3-10g; if it is powdered and swallowed, use 1-1.5g each time.
Take an appropriate amount of Chuan Xiong, soak it in white wine for about a week before drinking, and drink about 30ml per day. For Chuanxiong wine, you need to drink it under the guidance of a doctor.
Made into powder or pill
Chuan Xiong is usually put into decoction, decocted and taken, or it can be made into powder or pill.
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San is a traditional Chinese medicine prescription composed of eight ingredients: Chuanxiong, Angelica dahurica, Notopterygium, Asarum, Fangfeng, Mint, Schizonepeta, and Licorice. It has antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San benefits
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San is mainly used to relieve headaches caused by exogenous wind pathogens, or to relieve symptoms such as chills, fever, and nasal congestion.
Medicinal diet made from Chuan Xiong
Chuan Xiong Boiled Eggs
Ingredients: 9 grams of Chuan Xiong, 2-4 eggs.
Method of preparation: Wash the Chuan Xiong, slice it, put it in the pot with the eggs, add some water, cook until the eggs are cooked, remove the eggs, remove the shells, put them in the concoction water and cook for a while, eat the eggs and drink the soup.
Efficacy: promoting blood circulation, regulating menstruation, relieving pain. It is suitable for irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, and amenorrhea caused by Qi stagnation and blood stasis.
Stewed Chicken with Chuan Xiong and Angelica
Ingredients: 6 grams each of Chuan Xiong, Angelica, and Safflower, 1 chicken, 2000 ml of soup, appropriate amount of cooking wine, green onion, ginger slices, and salt.
(1) After the chicken is slaughtered, remove the hair, viscera and claws, and wash; slice the chuan Xiong and angelica.
(2) Put the chicken into the stew pot, add cooking wine, salt, scallion, ginger slices and soup, boil for 10 minutes, then add angelica, Chuan Xiong, safflower, boil over high heat, then simmer for 1 hours.
Efficacy: promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis, nourishing qi and blood. It is suitable for blood deficiency headache, bruises, coercive pain, etc.
Chuan Xiong Angelica Porridge
Ingredients: Chuan Xiong, Angelica, Ginseng, Poria, Atractylodes Rhizoma, Paeoniae Alba, and Guizhi 5 grams each, 100 grams of corn.
Preparation method: wash the first 7 medicinal materials; wash the corn, put them in a casserole together, add an appropriate amount of water; put the casserole on a high fire to boil, then switch to a simmer for 40 minutes, and remove the residue.
Efficacy: promoting blood circulation, regulating menstruation, invigorating qi, and stopping diarrhea. It is suitable for chest pain, irregular menstruation, rectal ulcer, etc.
How to choose Chuan Xiong?
If you want to choose high-quality Chuan Xiong, you can first judge its quality by tasting. Generally speaking, high-quality Chuanxiong has a strong aroma, but the bitter taste will have a slightly sweet taste. After trying it, there will be a slight numbness in the tongue. In addition, Chuanxiong is very oily, which is a good way for us to choose.
At the same time, for Chuan Xiong, because the general appearance of high-quality Chuan Xiong is irregular nodular fist shape, the diameter is mostly about 2-7cm. Its surface is mainly yellowish brown or slightly lighter yellowish brown, and it is not smooth and wrinkled. Therefore, we can judge according to the appearance, so that we can also select high-quality Chuan Xiong. Moreover, this kind of Chuan Xiong is generally not artificially processed, but is made by natural drying. Whether it is used as medicine or taken directly into slices, the effect is very, very good.
In addition to the identification methods introduced above, you can also use slices, which can help us effectively judge its quality. Generally speaking, slices of high-quality Chuan Xiong will show lavender fluorescence under ultraviolet light, while the skin will show dark brown fluorescence. Therefore, everyone can also use this method to make effective judgments when identifying, which is helpful for us to choose Chuan Xiong, and we can't miss it.
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