Ingredient Spotlight

Szechuan Lovage Root / Chuan Xiong


Szechuan Lovage Root is widely used for its ability to boost blood circulation and reduce inflammation, which is how it effectively minimizes menstrual cramping.

Helps with: 

  • Cramps

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • General Pain

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How it heals

In Chinese Medicine, Szechuan Lovage Root invigorates blood, moves qi, and dispels wind to calm and relieve pain. 

In Western medicine, Szechuan Lovage Root reduces blood clotting and dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow to the heart and brain. 

Fun fact: Szechuan Lovage Root is a flowering plant in the carrot family and is one of the most popular medicinal herbs in China and Korea, where it grows wild and has been cultivated for centuries.

How we use it

“In Chinese medicine, when we use herbs to generate new blood, we always use herbs that move the blood in order to prevent cloying and sticking. This is one of my favorite herbs to use in this manner.”

- Lulu Ge, Founder

What the research says

Szechuan Lovage Root reduces uterine spasms through tetramethylpyrazi
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Szechuan Lovage Root protects cell integrity and reduces inflammation by inhibiting LPS-induced NO production
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Szechuan Lovage Root contains phthalides and alkaloids which have anti-cerebral ischemia, anti myocardial ischemia, antithrombotic and anti atherosclerosis properties.
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Szechuan Lovage Root demonstrates a anti-platelet aggregation that is induced by 5’-diphosphate (ADP), thrombin (THR), and platelet arachidonic acid (AA). Two bioactive compounds, ligustrazine and ferulic acid mediate anti-platelet aggregation too. This creates a combined effect of ligustrazine extending platelet aggregation time induced by ADP and frees the aggregation platelet, while ferulic acid inhibits platelet release of TXA2 and increases the levels of cAMP.
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