• Similar to Hong hua but much stronger and much more expensive.
• It is used in relatively severe cases, mainly for painful obstruction of the chest.
• Used for depression. Extensive research in Iran (main global producer) looks very promising.
• Topical for acne.
• Regulates menstruation.
• Eases cough and asthmatic breathing.
• Reduces fever and inflammation.
• Not to be confused with Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale) which is toxic.
Dose: 1-3g in decoction or 0.5-1.5g eaten directly