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Xiao Yao San (Rambling Powder, Free and Easy Wanderer)


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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Harmonize Lesser Yang-stage Disorders

Pattern:

  • Liver Qi Stagnation with Blood Deficiency

Actions:

  • Spreads Liver Qi and relieves stagnation
  • Tonifies the Spleen and nourishes the blood.

Indications:

  • Irritability, depression, and moodiness
  • Fatigue, headache, and dizziness.
  • Hypochondriac fullness or pain.
  • Breast distention, irregular menstruation, and dysmenorrhea.
  • Bitter taste in the mouth, dry mouth and throat, and poor appetite.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Pale red tongue

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry and deficient pulse

Western Uses:

  • Chronic Hepatitis
  • Pleurisy
  • Chronic Gastritis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Uterine Bleeding
  • Leukorrhea
  • Anemia
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Breast Fibroids
  • Optic Nerve Atrophy
  • Central Retinitis

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • None Noted

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Imperial Grace Formulary of the Tai Ping Era (Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Pericardium, Gall Bladder, Liver, Spleen, Heart, Stomach, Lungs

Substances in this Formula (8 Total):


Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Chai Hu (Thorowax Root , Bupleurum) 柴胡
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: GB, LIV, PER, TB
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Cool
Latin: Radix Bupleuri
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) 当归
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, SP
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome) 白术
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Bo He (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis)
Bo He (Field Mint, Mentha) 薄荷
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: LU, LIV
Prop: Spicy, Aromatic, Cool
Latin: Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 3 grams (Roasted)
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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