Panax notoginseng is known by many common names including San Qi. Panax notoginseng is the main ingredient in a traditional herbal powder called Yunnan Baiyao which is said to have been used by Chinese soldiers for centuries. It is supposed to counteract bleeding by promoting rapid cell division, and to improve blood circulation, to disperse blood clots and to stop inflammation and swelling. Additionally, it is said to expel pus and counteract poison. Chinese soldiers considered the medicine worth its weight in gold.
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