Pinyin: xiang fu (cu)
ENGLISH NAME: Cyperus
LATIN NAME: Cyperi Rhizoma
Properties: acrid, slightly bitter, slightly sweet, neutral
Channels Entered: Liver, San Jiao
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Spreads the Liver. Regulates Qi
2. Regulates Menstruation. Relieves Pain
6 to 12 grams. Xiang Fu can be used as herbal decoction, powder, or pills. Frying the herb with vinegar enhances its function to reduce accumulations and relieve pain. Frying the herb with grain-based liquor increases its function to open channels and collaterals. Frying the herb with ginger potentiates its action to dissolve phlegm stagnation and unblock Liver qi stagnation.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICATIONS
• Use Xiang Fu with caution for patients experiencing qi deficiency in the absence of stagnation, or yin deficiency
with heat in the blood.