Shao Yao Tang (Peony Decoction)

Shao Yao Tang (Peony Decoction)

Formula 7 of 23 in Formulas that Expel Dampness

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Slightly yellow greasy coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

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Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Rou Gui has been substituted for Guan Gui.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Collection of Writings on the Mechanism of Illness, Suitability of Qi, and the Safeguarding of Life as Discussed in the Basic Questions (Su Wen Bing Ji Qi Yi Bao Ming Ji)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Spleen, Liver, Heart, Lungs, Stomach, Large Intestine, Gall Bladder, Kidneys

There are 9 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Bai Shao (White Peony Root)
Quantity = 15-20 grams
Cool Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Channels:
LIV, SP
Properties:
Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin:
Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chinese:
白芍
Tone Marks:
bái sháo
Alt Names:
Bai Shao Yao
Translation:
White Peony
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)
Quantity = 6-9 grams
Warm Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Channels:
HT, LIV, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Chinese:
当归
Tone Marks:
dāng guī
Translation:
State of Return
Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
Quantity = 4.5 grams
Neutral Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Properties:
Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
甘草
Tone Marks:
gān căo
Alt Names:
Guo Lao
Translation:
Sweet Herb, Sweet Grass
Mu Xiang (Costus Root, Saussurea)
Quantity = 4.5 grams
Warm Mu Xiang (Radix Auklandiae Lappae)
Channels:
GB, LI, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Radix Auklandiae Lappae
Chinese:
木香
Tone Marks:
mù xiāng
Translation:
Wood Fragrance
Bing Lang (Betel Nut)
Quantity = 4.5 grams
Warm Bing Lang (Semen Arecae Catechu)
Channels:
LI, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Semen Arecae Catechu
Chinese:
槟榔
Tone Marks:
bīng lang
Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizome)
Quantity = 6-9 grams
Cold Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Rhizoma Coptidis
Chinese:
黄连
Tone Marks:
huáng lián
Translation:
Yellow Links
Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root)
Quantity = 9-12 grams
Cold Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Channels:
GB, LI, LU, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Chinese:
黄芩
Tone Marks:
huáng qín
Da Huang (Rhubarb Root and Rhizome)
Quantity = 6-9 grams
Cold Da Huang (Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
Chinese:
大簧
Tone Marks:
dà huáng
Translation:
Big Yellow
Rou Gui (Inner Bark of Saigon Cinnamon)
Quantity = 1.5-3 grams
Hot Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Channels:
HT, KI, LIV, SP
Properties:
Spicy, Sweet, Hot
Latin:
Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae
Chinese:
肉桂
Tone Marks:
ròu guì

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