Szechuan Lovage Root: Herbs that Improve Blood and Qi Flow

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The Szechuan Lovage Root, otherwise known as Chuan Xiong, is a herb used in Eastern medicine primarily due to its ability to invigorate blood, move qi, and dispel wind.


In Eastern medicine, proper blood flow and circulation is a crucial component of health. If your circulation is compromised you can experience a variety of symptoms, and develop a number of conditions. When your circulation is significantly restricted, it can lead to blood stagnation. If this occurs it can lead to symptoms such as swelling, discoloured skin, and sharp pains, and when left untreated, it can lead to cardiovascular conditions, and affect menstrual health. If you have experienced symptoms that may be caused by blood stagnation, herbal medication including the Szechuan Love Root may be very beneficial as it belongs to a family of herbs that invigorate blood.


The Szechuan Lovage Root is also one of the most effective herbs used to promote the movement of Qi. Your Qi is the energy that is constantly flowing within you. Similar to the circulation of blood, when your flow of Qi is compromised it can also lead to a variety of symptoms and conditions. Wherever Qi is stagnant you may experience pain in those areas. After a significant time of Qi stagnation, your organs may begin performing poorly, especially your liver. You can also begin to experience emotional changes such as irritability and depression. Proper qi flow is one of the foundations of health in Eastern medicine, and taking herbal medicines such as Szechuan Lovage Root is a great way to support it. 


In Eastern medicine, wind is a term that refers to the source of a condition, as well as the affected areas. As the name suggests, conditions that are the result of wind are from external pathogens, and just as wind moves the symptoms one experiences from wind may affect multiple areas at different times. Wind can cause several conditions including colds and coughs, skin conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. Similar to the approach of Western medicine, Szechuan Lovage Root can be used to treat these conditions by dispelling wind, or removing the external pathogens. 


One of the advantages of Eastern medicine is that treatments such as herbal medicine are effective yet have little to no side effects. If you are experiencing symptoms that you think may be the result of blood and Qi stagnation, or wind, Szechuan Lovage Root may be right for you. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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