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E Zhu (Zedoary Rhizome)

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Warm E Zhu (Rhizoma Curcumae Zedoariae)
Bitter, Spicy, Warm
Rhizoma Curcumae Zedoariae
Tone Marks:
é zhú


  • Breaks Bloods stasis and Dissolves Accumulations
    Works strongly to break up chronic or severe blood stasis when all other blood invigorating herbs have failed. Used mostly for Blood stasis in the chong channel including amenorrhea and abdominal pain. It is also for palpable masses in the abdomen and epigastric regions.
  • Moves Qi and Relieves Pain
    For epigastric and abdominal fullness, distention and pain. It promotes digestion by increasing Qi and blood circulation. Also treats chest and abdomen constriction due to food stagnation.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy. This herb has been shown to cause teratogenic (birth defects) effects.
  • Do not use for deficienty patients
  • Do not use for blood heat patients
  • Do not use for early menses, hypermenorrhea or patients without stubborn accumulation.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Possible side effects may occur: dizziness, nausea, dyspnea, and rarely fever, cyanosis, anxiety, general weakness, and temporarily elevated levels of SGTP


  • 3-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)
  • 3-10 Grams in decoction (Chen)


  • This is a popular herb for masses associated with cancer, especially abdominal and cervical cancer.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: