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Mò Yào 沒藥

Pharmaceutical name Myrrha Myrrh
Category Invigorate Blood
Key Properties Breaks up Blood Stasis to Stop Pain
Reduces Swelling. Generates Flesh
Properties Bitter
Tropism HT, LV, SP
Actions & Indications 1) Invigorate Blood & Dispel Blood Stasis, Reduce Swelling, & Alleviate Pain
2) Promotes Healing
(DuiYao with RuXiang)
Dosages 3-9g
Contraindications (TCM) CI: Absence of stasis, or Pregnancy. Caution w/ weak ST. Should not be used long term.
Contraindications (Western)
Chemical Composition Heerabomyrrholic acid, commiphoric acid, commiphorinic acid, heerabomyrrhol, heeraborescene, commiferin, ergenol, m-cresol, cumin aldehyde, pinene, dipentene, limonene, cinnamic aldehyde, heerabolene
Pharmacological Effects • Antihyperlipidemic: demonstrated marked effect in reducing blood cholesterol in humans and rabbits
Herb-Drug Interactions
Classical Formula(s)

Qi Li San (Seven-Thousandths of a Tael Powder) (zhu sha and she xiang replaced with shi chang pu) 七厘散 (朱砂和麝香用石菖蒲代替)

Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang (Drive Out Stasis from the Lower Abdomen Decoction) 少腹逐瘀湯

Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan (Wonderfully Effective Pill to Invigorate the Collaterals) 活絡效靈丹

Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin (Immortals Formula for Sustaining Life) 仙方活命飲

Xiao Huo Luo Dan (Minor Invigorate the Collaterals Special Pill) 小活絡丹 (小活络丹)


This information is a reference tool for Chinese herbal studies. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult a primary health professional if you require health advisory.