Madder Root

Source Root of Rubia cordifolia L., (Fam. Rubiaceae.)

Producing Areas Henan, Shandong, Shaanxi, Hebei and Anhui

Properties Bitter, Cold

Channels Heart, Liver


  • Cools the blood, promotes blood circulation and stops bleeding
    External use for bleeding caused by trauma, and after tooth extraction.
  • Removes blood stasis and relieves pain
    Relieves traumatic pain, amenia, menalgia, postpartum retention of lochia, pain in the chest and hypochondria.
  • Relieves cough and eliminates sputum
  • Treats traumatic injuries
    May be used with Frankincense, Chinese Angelica (Danggui), Safflower etc.

Usage and Dosage
The stir-baked with vinegar, or the carbonised one, is for stopping bleeding.
The crude or the stir-baked with wine is for promoting blood circulation, and dredging the channels.
5–10 g is used in decoction for oral use.

Used with caution in the case with deficiency and cold in the spleen and stomach, without blood stasis.

Keep in a dry place.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is stout, reddish-brown on the surface and reddish-yellow on the, without the stem base and mud.