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Introduction To Safflower (hong hua)









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Safflower (hong hua)

Flos Carthami


Properties: Pungent in flavour, warm in nature, acting on the heart channel, liver channel. Being pungent for dispersing and warm for purging, it acts on the blood division. It is particularly effective in dispersing, promoting Qi, and blood circulation, relieving blood stasis, swelling and pain. It is used in treatment of headache, thoracalgia, abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea caused by blood stasis of the blood division, carbuncle, traumatic ecchymosis and pain. It is the main herb used for promoting blood flow to regulate menstruation.

Effects: Promoting blood circulation and relieving blood stasis, regulating menstruation and relieving pain.


1. For treatment of blood stasis in women, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, postpartum tormina, it is usually used in combination with Radix Angelicae Sinensis, Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong, Semen Persicae, Herba Leonuri, and other herbs with the effect of promoting blood flow to regulate menstruation; For treatment of abdominal mass, it should be used together with Eupolyphaga seu steleophaga, Carapax Trionycis, Rhizoma Zedoariae, Concha Ostreae, and other drugs to soften and resolve hard lumps, resolve blood stasis and abdominal mass.

2. For treatment of angina pectoris due to blood stasis and obstruction, it is usually used in combination with Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Radix Paeoniae Rubra, Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong, and other drug with the effect of relieving pain and the blood stasis, such as Guanxin-2; For treatment of trauma, swelling and pain due to blood stasis, it can be used together with Resina Olibani, Myrrha, Semen Persicae, Squama Manitis and etc. to promote blood circulation, relieve pain and blood stasis, to heal injury; For treatment of swelling and pain due to carbuncle, it can be used in combination with Flos Lonicerae, Radix Glycyrrhizae, Resina Olibani, Radix Paeoniae Rubra, and other herbs with the functions of removing toxins, resolving swelling and promoting tissue regeneration.

Besides, it can also be used to treat eruptions caused by noxious heat, brustrated eruption of measles, and other syndromes.

Dosage and Administration: 5-10g.

Precautions: Contraindicated in pregnancy. 





For the convenience of customers, we offer the Safflower (hong hua) as the quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 5 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, twice a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


Air ship 50 sachets of Safflower (hong hua) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $98.00.

If you would like to order this raw herb, please go to the order form.


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