Ligusticum Wallichii is a medicinal herb which is traditionally prescribed for a headache, abdominal pain, arthralgias, and Menstrual disorders.
It is effective in curing Abdominal diseases, Abscess, Acid Reflux, Atherosclerosis, Blocked Fallopian tubes, Carbuncle, difficult menses, Dyspnea, Indigestion, Insomnia, Menses Scanty, Menstrual Disorders, Palpitation, Poor Blood Circulation, and Respiratory Diseases.
Ligusticum Wallichii is a member of the Umbelliferae family.It is used in Chinese medicine for a different kind of hematological disorders, including ischemia (commonly called as anemia, which is due to both iron deficiency and less metabolism rate) and thrombosis.
When Ligusticum Wallichii is combined with Astragalus, Ligusticum has shown a notable immunopotentiation effect. This is used in many Japanese and Korean herbal formulations.
Ligusticum wallichi with botanical name Ligusticum Chuanxiong and Chinese name Chuan Xiong is called as Chuanxiong Rhizome, Ligusticum Root, Radix chuanxiong, Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong, Rhizoma Liustici Wallichii, Sichuan Lovage Rhizome, Sichuan Lovage Root, Szechuan Lovage and Szechuan Lovage Root.
Health Benefits Of Ligusticum Wallichi
This medicinal herb can function like:
It means that this type of herbs has the power of lessening or relieving pain by reducing the intensity of pain signals from the stop the growth of bacteria and maintains the essential bacteria. Any Excess may lead to Allergy or irritation. So, the doctor’s prescription is important.
It means they work as an enemy to bacteria. Ligusticum demonstrated in vitro effects against pathogenic bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella sonnei, salmonella typhi and Vibrio cholera.
They cure the fungal infections. This is applied on the surface of the body or can be swallowed if the infection is severe. They kill the fungus by breaking its cell wall.
This is a counter action for inflammation. Inflammation is a defense mechanism of the body against pathogens, damaged cells or irritants.This causes redness or swelling or loss of function. So, anti-inflammatory herbs have to be used.
5. Digestive, Expectorant
They remove the excess mucus from the respiratory system, i.e. the lungs, the muscles of respiration, and the airway, which includes mouth, nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and bronchioles. Any excess may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, headache and stomach upset
This herb relieves the patient from anxiety and induces sleep. It calm downs the person. These have to be used under the supervision of a doctor if sedatives contain alcohol, then they depress the very vital signals from brain to heart and lungs which are very dangerous.
Origin And Properties
Ligusticum Wallichii is a medicinal herb which grows up till 1m height in the tropical climate.
This medicinal herb has its origin in East Asia; now they are grown in China, India, Nepal. Rhizome (grown continuously horizontally underground stem at regular intervals of distance naturally) is used for medicinal purpose. It has acid (vinegar) taste. It is acidic in nature.
Chemical Constituents & Nutrients
Ligusticum active components are alkaloids, tetramethylpyrazine, feluric acid (a phenolic compound), chrysophanol, sedanoic acid, and 1-2% of essential oils like ligustilide and butyiphthalide.
Essential nutrients present in ligusticum Wallichii are Beta Sitosterol, Feluric acid, Ligustilide, Senkyunolide, Sucrose, Tetramethylpyrazine, vitamin A or retinol, and Volatile Oil.
According to the clinical results, when tested with 158 cases for Ischemia commonly called as anemia, in 111 cases (70.25%) ligusticum wallichi was successful while the aspirin group was successful in only 47 cases (29.75%).
Totally considering all the aspects, ligusticum Wallichii was effective in 89.2% of the cases and the aspirin group was effective in 61.7% of the cases.
Ligusticum wallichi increased the cerebral flow of blood, increased the velocity of blood, enlarged the spastic artery and decreased peripheral arterial resistance.
Ligusticum is used in the treatment of ischemic stroke. Injections of ligusticum improved the microbial brain circulation through inhibiting thrombus formation, decreasing platelet aggregation and improvement of blood viscosity.
Clinical indications show that Ligusticum is same or better than the controls of papaverine, dextran and aspirin-persantin.
Ligusticum Wallichii traditional actions include healthy blood circulation, healthy flow of Qi (energy), dispelling wind, and relieves the pain.
1. Headache – Cephalalgia (Medicinal Name)
Ligusticum Wallichii Cures Headache caused by a cold wind, Headache from the hot wind; Headache caused by wind and dampness, Headache from blood stasis (blood flow becomes sluggish or static blood flow), Headache from blood deficiency and Severe headache without interior fire.
2. Menstrual Disorders
We say there is no Menstrual disorder when there is a free flow of menstrual discharge without clots and no pain.Pains include a backache, premenstrual spotting, sciatica, urinary frequency and pain, vomiting, abdominal pain and swelling.
Menstruation should not be in pain and played along with the minimum pre and post menstrual signs and symptoms.And the menstrual discharge should be of sufficient volume, a rich, fresh color, and free from clots.
Liver maintains the free flow of Qi(energy) circulation in the body. The liver, spleen and the kidney channels run through the pelvis and problem (like blocking) in any one of these channels affect the menstruation. If this problem is untreated, it may lead to female infertility.
Qi (energy) is required for the movement of blood. The Liver is the organ which is associated with the proper circulation of Qi. As seen earlier, the liver problem can lead to the menstrual disorder. The Conclusion is there should be proper circulation of Qi.
Causes And Preventive Measures
The main reason for sluggish Qi (energy) is stress; this may also lead to female infertility. Sluggish Qi causes pain, urinary problems, lower abdominal pain, sciatica, premenstrual nipple sensitivity, irritability, depression, and headache.
Trauma or shock may cause blood stasis (blood flow becomes sluggish or static), like Intra- abdominal surgery, IUDs, abortions, birth control pills or intercourse during menstruation.
Blood stasis symptoms are sharp, piercing type of pain, clots in the menstruate, the relief in the pain after the release of clots in the menstruate, prominent blue, varicose veins on the lower abdomen and legs. Many women face the same kind of situation or combination of both sluggish Qi and Blood stasis.
Many people usually suffer from the extremes of emotions, like fear, anger, love, etc. When there is proper flow of Qi, there won’t be extremes of emotions.
Women are supposed to take some precautions just before or during the menstrual cycle. They should avoid negative thoughts or frustrations.
They should avoid having the cold and raw food. Nutrients from cooked food can be easily extracted.
They should avoid having sex during the menstrual cycle period. They should calm down themselves and should not take too much of the stress.
Mainly they should be relaxed. Women need at least about 20-30 minute physical exercise daily.
Physical exercise increases the blood circulation, body temperature, aids digestion, appetite, mood, energy and sleep.
Taking the sufficient amount of liquids is fine, but too much of liquids and having cold liquids with meals aids for the sluggish Qi. People with sluggish Qi tend to eat more of sweet food.
Alcohol consumption is also a reason for sluggish Qi. Timely food, sleep, healthy food habits (calorie intake should be neither over nor less. Good food of perfect nutrient value) and physical exercise reduce 90% of the problems.
One of the traditional functions of Ligusticum Wallichii includes Qi activation.
Cautions While Using Ligusticum Wallichii
This medicine should be avoided during vomiting, dizziness, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
By this time, you would have realized that Ligusticum Wallichii is a very good medicine for all blood circulation related issues, Menstrual disorders, Headache and Abdominal problems (including indigestion).
Dosage should be prescribed by the doctor. Dosage according to the Chinese medicine is up to 9 grams.If you have any questions related to this herb comment below.