Sichuan Lovage Rhizome As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Sichuan Lovage Rhizome (Chuan Xiong, Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong, 川芎) is an important herb for gynecological disorders. Fine Sichuan lovage rhizome has rich aroma with bitter taste and a sweet aftertaste.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, warm-natured, non-toxic,


Sichuan Lovage Rhizome works by influencing the liver, heart and gallbladder.

Indications & Formulas:

Sichuan Lovage Rhizome can be prescribed with red peony root and peach kernel to relieve missed periods and menstrual pain that due to blood stasis.

Powdered Sichuan lovage rhizome can be taken with tea or soup to cope with headache caused by deficiency of vital energy.

A decoction of white atractylodes rhizome and Sichuan lovage rhizome can be used as a therapy for postpartum headache.

A decoction of Sichuan lovage rhizome and tea leaves can be taken before meal to heal wind-heat type headache.

Medicated wine with Sichuan lovage rhizome powder can be taken daily to relieve a migraine.

Hot wine mixed with Sichuan lovage rhizome powder can be used as a treatment for bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

Powdered Sichuan lovage rhizome, mint and sodium sulfate can be used with the method of insufflation to treat swollen eyes in babies.

Using boiled water with Sichuan lovage rhizome as a mouth wash can help to treat bad breath as well as tooth decay.

Calcined and powdered Sichuan lovage rhizome can be used in brushing teeth to cope with toothache.

Calcined gypsum, Sichuan lovage rhizome and Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata, 炙甘草, 灸甘草) are to be pounded into powder which is used in treatment for intermittent headache (头风) with tearing in eyes.

Serpentine, radix sileris (防风), Sichuan lovage rhizome, chamomile flowers, radix aconiti carmichaeli (附子), lappa and Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata, 炙甘草, 灸甘草) can be processed into powder for internal taking to treat macula of retina.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched amethyst powder, cyperus rotundus (nut grass, 香附), Angelica sinensis, Sichuan lovage rhizome, white atractylodes rhizome, boxthorn seeds and prepared rehmannia root are to be made into pills for oral taking to cope with “uterine cold” (characterized by infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss) in women.

A mixture of astragalus propinquus, Sichuan lovage rhizome, sticky rice and water can be cooked and taken to treat abnormal fetal movement.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.