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Introduction To Frankincense (ru xiang) 









Frankincense (ru xiang)

Resina Olibani


Properties:  It is pungent and bitter in flavour, warm in nature, acts on the heart, liver and spleen channels. Being pungent for dispersing, bitter for purging, warm for promoting circulation of Qi and aromatic for moving, it chiefly effects on the blood division of heart and liver, promoting blood circulation, and relieving pain by removing blood stasis. It can be used to treat pain in chest and abdomen due to stasis in the blood division, dysmenorrhea, and arthralgia due to wind-dampness, pain due to tramatic ecchymoses, and other syndromes. It also has the action of relieving swelling and promoting tissue regeneration, hence it is the essential drug for superficial suppurative infections and carbuncls.

Effects: Promoting blood circulation and relieving pain, subsiding swelling and promoting tissue regeneration.


1. For treatment of pain in the chest and abdomen due to stasis in the blood division and dysmenothea, it is usually used in combination with Rhizoma Corydalis, Faeces Trogopterorum, Radix Angelicae Sinensis, Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong, Rhizoma Cyperi, and other drugs having the effects of promoting blood circulation and relieve blood stasis; For treatment of arthralgia due to wind-dampness, spasm of muscles, it is commonly used together with Myrrha, Lumbricus, Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii, and other herbs with the functions of expelling wind and clearing away cold, clearing obstruction in the channels to relieve pain, such as Xiao Huo Luo Dan.

2. For treatment of skin pore and carbuncle in the early stage without suppuration, it is usually used together with flos Lonicerae, Radix Glycyrrhizae, Spina Gleditsiae, Radix Angelicae Sinensis, and other herbs having the functions of clearing away heat and toxins, subsiding swelling by promoting blood circulation. If the boil has ruptured and does not heal for a long time due to deficiency of both Qi and blood, this remedy can be used together with Myrrha, which are ground into fine powder for external application to promote tissue regeneration and heal wound. At the same time, herbs having the effects of invigorating Qi and nourishing blood should be administered orally for the purpose of promoting pus discharge and tissue regeneration; For treatment of trauma, swelling and pain due to blood stasis, it is usually used in combination with Myrrha, Flos Carthami, Moschus, and other herbs with the effects of promoting blood circulation by relieving blood stasis, subsiding swelling and relieving pain, such as Qili San.

Dosage and Administration: 3-10g. For external application, suitable amount is used.

Precautions: Contraindicated in pregnancy.


For the convenience of customers, we offer the Frankincense (ru xiang) as the  quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 6 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 Frankincense (ru xiang) 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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