Nature: sweet, slightly bitter, warm
Enters: Spleen, Liver
Actions: Promotes Qi circulation, relieves constraint; harmonizes the blood and disperses stasis.
• Liver/spleen disharmony: stifling sensation in the chest, pain and distention in the flanks and epigastrium, belching, poor appetite.
• Blood stasis: irregular menstruation, premenstrual breast tenderness, menstrual pain.
• Blood stasis secondary to trauma.
• Antidotes antimony poisoning.
• Often used in medicinal wines and made into pastes.
• Bensky/Gamble: When treating menstrual dysfunction, Xiang fu is preferred when there is scanty bleeding, while Mei gui hua is more ideal for excessive bleeding.
MLT: Used in Ayurveda for depression.