Hong Hua (Safflower Flower)

Hong Hua (Safflower Flower)

Herb 9 of 34 in Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation

Warm Hong Hua (Flos Carthami Tinctorii)
Channels:
HT, LIV
Properties:
Spicy, Warm
Latin:
Flos Carthami Tinctorii
Chinese:
红花
Tone Marks:
hóng huā
Translation:
Red Flower
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Invigorates the Blood, Eliminates Blood Stasis, Regulates Menses, Nourishes Blood
    For most blood stasis patterns including gynecological disorders, chest pain, and abdominal masses and pain, as well as dermatological problems. It treats amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, postpartum pain, trauma and sports injuries, skin sores, carbuncles, measles, stillbirth, and difficult labor.
  • Opens Channels
    For joint pain or paralysis

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy
  • Do not overdose, it may cause excess bleeding

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Hong Hua may interfere with Anti-Coagulating drugs.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • Overdose will cause headaches, nausea, dilated pupils, and an increase in intraocular pressure. Skin allergies and anaphylactic shock have been reported.
  • Large doses have been taken for long periods without any harm.
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Chinese Herb Dosage

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

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Small dose will harmonize and nourish, large dose will disperse stasis

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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