Saffron is arguably the most expensive herb in the world, due to amount of time and energy it takes to harvest. In traditional Chinese medicine, saffron has a sweet taste and cold properties, and is associated with the Heart and Liver meridians. Its main functions are to invigorate the blood, remove stagnation, clear the meridians and release toxins. It is typically used to treat conditions such as high fevers and related conditions that may be caused by pathogenic heat, and to help break up blood clots.
saffron is also used medicinally and is said to help treat or prevent the following health problems:
Alzheimer's disease Anxiety Asthma Atherosclerosis Cough Depression Heartburn Insomnia Pain Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) In addition, saffron extract is said to relieve pain, support weight loss, treat sexual dysfunction, and protect against some forms of cancer. When applied directly to the scalp, it is said to aid in the treatment of alopecia areata.