Nature: acrid, warm
Enters: Heart, Liver, Spleen, Stomach
Actions: Promotes blood and Qi circulation, dispels blood stasis; stops bleeding; relieves pain.
• Blood stasis: pain in the chest, hypochondria, pain and bleeding in trauma, fractures, sprains, contusions.
• Spleen and stomach Qi stagnation: epigastric and abdominal pain.
• Topical: for lacerations.
• Coronary heart disease.
• Bensky/Gamble classifies this with herbs that stop bleeding.
HF: An An Shen (spirit calming) herb, important in Gu Zheng (Gu parasite) formulas (because of emotional disturbance common in patients with Gu).
Dose: 6-9g (1.5-3g directly as powder)