HONG HUA (红花)

HONG HUA (红花)

Carthami Flos (红花)  is the dried flower of Carthamus tinctorius L., family Asteraceae (Compositae) .


Other name    
Dok-Kam-Foi (Thai name), Honghua (Chinese name), Safflower

Macroscopic character
Reddish-yellow or red. Texture pliable. Odor, slightly aromatic; taste, slightly bitter.



Important cultivation area

Widely produced in the Northeast, North, Northwest in China. The suitable areas are in Henan and Sichuan provinces and Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

Processing method
Eliminate foreign matters and sieve off dust.

Traditional Chinese Medicine action
Pungent; warm. Enter heart and liver channels. Invigorate the blood and unblock the channels, remove blood stasis and relieve pain.


Thai Traditional Medicine action 
Sweet, pungent. Tonify blood, heart and nerves, perspiration, emmenagogue and use for menorrhalgia, fever in children, jaundice and joint pain.


Usage and dosage   3-10 g, decoction for oral use; an appropriate amount, for external use.

* Contraindication and precaution *
Precaution in pregnant woman or patients with bleeding tendency.


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