Cimicifuga

Latin Name
Cimicifuga foetida (or Cimicifuga dahurica)

General Description
Otherwise known as bugbane, cimicifuga has medicinal properties in the root, which should have a black skin without rootlets. The Chinese name of this herb literally translated means "ascending hemp," an allusion to its alleged ability to lift the patient's energy level. Depending on the species of cimicifuga, the cross section of the root is white, light green or gray. Chinese herbalists, following traditional medical practice, characterize cimicifuga as acrid, sweet and cool.

Target Ailments
Taken internally for:

Preparations
Cimicifuga is available in dried form
at Chinese pharmacies, Asian food markets and some Western health food stores.
Combinations: When combined with great burdock fruit and indigo, the blend brings out skin rashes, such as those that accompany measles. This action helps the disease run its course faster. A mixture with coptis is prescribed for swollen gums, toothache and ulcers of the mouth and tongue. It is taken internally and also rubbed on the affected areas. Together with bupleurum it is used to treat prolapses of internal organs, and also diarrhea. A Chinese medicine practitioner can provide details of dosages and additional herbal combinations.

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