Pharmaceutical Latin: Stigma Croci
Stigma Crocus Sativae
Common English: Saffron
American Saffron
Herbs that Regulate the Blood: Herbs that Invigorate the Blood
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Invigorates the Blood, dispels Stasis and unblock the menses

Blood Stasis

Cools the Blood and resolves toxicity

Maculo-papular rashes with high fevers when the color of the rash is not very red

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Overdose may cause vomiting, intestinal bleeding, intestinal colic, hematuria, disorientation and convulsions.

Hb. Leonuri
Yi Mu Cao
Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao

Rx. Curcumae
Yu Jin

Amenorrhea from Blood Stasis

Retained lochia

Fullness and a stifling sensation in the chest and diaphragm due to emotional distress

Rx. Arnebiae/Lithospermi
Zi Cao
Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao

Unexpressed rash of measles



  1. Because of its cost, it is usually reserved for severe problems.
  2. This herb is stronger than Flos Carthami Hong Hua.
  3. It is said to ease the chest and diaphragm and unbind the Stomach to allow food and drink to enter. Long-term administration enriches the lower base, makes the face and complexion joyous and treats mania from Cold damage.
  4. This herb treats menorrhagia, amenorrhea, dystocia, retention of lochia, external and internal trauma and pain due to Stagnant Blood.
  5. Both Fan Hong Hua and Flos Carthami Hong Hua invigorate the Blood and dispel Blood Stasis. Hong Hua has a stronger ability to expel Stagnation but is less able than Fan Hong Hua to nourish Blood. Fan Hong Hua also cools the Blood and resolves toxicity.