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English Name: myrrh
Pharmaceutical Name: Myrrha
Medica Category: Blood-Invigorating and Stasis-Removing Herbs
Properties: Mo Yao enters the Heart, Liver, and Spleen channels; it is bitter in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Mao Yao is myrrh, a yellow to reddish-brown gum resin that seeps out of the commiphora tree (Commiphora myrrha Engl.) when tapped. It has been used medicinally in middle eastern and ayurvedic medicinal traditions for thousands of years and is believed to have been introduced into TCM in the 7th century.
Mo Yao activates blood circulation and relieves pain with qi and blood stagnation at its root. It is commonly used (often together with Ru Xiang (frankincense)) to treat stomach and epigastric pain, amenorrhea and menstrual pain/cramps, musculoskeletal pain, and pain and bruising from traumatic injury.
Mo Yao is used externally (together with Ru Xiang (frankincense)) to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and enhance the healing of chronic, non-healing sores and ulcerations.
Contraindicated during pregnancy.
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