Galangal and Cyperus Formula:Liang Fu Wan and Treatment of cold-type pain.Galangal Notes From Ancient Herbal Classics
- Botanical Information of Galangal,Lesser Galangal.
- Botanical Description of Galangal:Alpiniae Officinarum,Lesser Galangal.
- Phytochemicals and Constituents of Lesser Galangal.
- Applications of Lesser Galangal.
- History of Lesser Galangal and Historical Notes of Radix Galangae on Pharmacy.
- Galangal and Cyperus Formula:Liang Fu Wan and Treatment of cold-type pain.Galangal Notes From Ancient Herbal Classics
- Galangal formulation activating blood circulation to remove stasis.
- Application Guide,Warnings and Precautions of Galangal.
- Galangal and Its Other Uses.
- Modern Researches of Galangal.
Galangal and Cyperus Formula:Liang Fu Wan and Treatment of cold-type pain.
This highly aromatic formula is comprised of equal amounts of galangal and cyperus; the former is first washed with wine, and the latter with vinegar, then both are dried by baking and ground to powder, then formed into pills with ginger juice or water. It is taken in the amount of 6 grams each time. This is a warming preparation used for cold-type pain. The formula is simply named for its two ingredients.
Galangal (gaoliangjiang) is in the ginger family, a species of Alpinia, which has a large concentration of oils and resins that have some analgesic qualities as also found in ginger and cardamom. It is described as an herb for warming the interior. All of the herbs used for warming the interior, including aconite, dry ginger, cinnamon bark, evodia, zanthoxylum, long pepper, clove, and fennel, are considered analgesic. A cold syndrome usually involves pain; according to the text New Practical Syndrome Differentiation of TCM, exterior cold is usually manifest as severe general aching and headache, while internal cold is usually manifest as abdominal pain. Cyperus (xiangfu) is a highly aromatic qi regulating herb; according to Yang Yifan:
Cyperus is so effective for regulating qi, it is regarded in TCM as the chief of all the herbs that regulate the qi....It is the most commonly used herb to promote the liver-qi movement. Since it is gentle and effective, it can be applied for treating both excess and deficiency syndromes that are associated with the liver qi stagnation....
The aromatic components are volatile oils (mainly cyperone, cyperol, and cyperene) that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities. This formula is mainly used for abdominal pain that responds favorably to warmth (a typical treatment is to apply a heating pad or hot water bottle to the painful area). Yan Wu suggests an extended prescription for acute and sudden abdominal pain that can be decreased by application of heat, namely combining two cyperus-based formulas, Liang Fu Wan and Zhengqi Tianxiang San (Lindera and Cyperus Formula); the latter includes lindera, dried ginger, perilla leaf, and citrus. Like Liang Fu Wan, Zhengqi Tianxiang San is also an interior warming combination that is very fragrant (tianxiang means heavenly fragrance).
Notes From Ancient Herbal Classics and Herbalists:
Cold pain in the epigastrium can be relieved immediately if lesser galangal is ground into fine powder and parched for a while and 5 g. of the powder is taken with rice water.
Sudden attacks of pathogenic cold, adverse rising of stomach-cold, cholera and abdominal pain.
To treat cold pain in the epigastrium by warming the stomach, dispelling cold, promoting digestion and relieving alcoholism.
- 1.Lesser Galangal:the Root of Alpinia officinarum,a warm tonic and herb of PureYang,its botanical introduction,recorded uses from ancient herbalists and new applications.
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