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Ru Xiang (Frankincense Resin)

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Warm Ru Xiang (Resina Olibani)
Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Resina Olibani
Tone Marks:
rŭ xiāng
Fragrant Milk


  • Moves Blood and Qi, Relieves Pain, Relaxes the Sinews
    Commonly combined with Mo Yao for wide variety of painful conditions including amenorrhea, dysmenorrheal, stomach and epigastric pain, traumatic pain, carbuncles, sores, swellings, chest and abdominal pain. Also for Wind-Damp painful obstruction, rigidity and spasms.
  • Reduces Swelling and Generates Flesh
    External powder reduces swelling, relieves pain, generates flesh, enhances healing in skin lesions and ulcers, sores, carbuncles and traumatic injuries. For pain, redness and swelling of gums, mouth and throat.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy
  • Do not use in patients with sensitive stomachs, may cause vomiting and nausea
  • Do not use long term
  • Not for cases without stasis

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


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


  1. Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
  2. Mo Yao (Resina Myrrhae)
  3. Ru Xiang (Resina Olibani)
  4. Zi Ran Tong (Pyritum)
Combined Indications:
  • Strains and Fractures

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: