Shao Yao Tang

Shao Yao Tang

Shao Yao Tang

Brand BioEssence Granules
Unit Size 100 grams (5:1 extract granules)
Dosage As directed
Properties Source Text: Collection of Writings on the Mechanisms of Illness, Suitability of Qi, and the Safequarding of Life as Discussed in the Basic Questions (Su wen bing ji qi yi bao ming ji)
Contraindications It is not for a person who has flu or Exterior syndrome.
Chinese Symptomology Abdominal pain, tenesmus, difficulty in defecation, diarrhea with pus and blood (equal amounts), a burning sensation around the anus.
Western Symptomology Bacillary or amebic dysentery, acute enteritis, and ulcerative colitis.
Actions Regulates and harmonizes the qi and blood, clears heat, and relieves toxicity.
Pattern Damp-heat lodged in the Intestines.
Tongue Usually has a yellow and greasy coating.
Pulse Usually rapid.
Chinese name Shao Yao Tang
English name Peony Combination
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This [formula] is [for] damp-heat lodged in the Intestines where it causes the qi and blood to stagnate. This condition is frequently associated with food poisoning or the contraction of an epidemic toxin. Stagnation obstructs the flow of qi in the Intestines, producing abdominal pain and tenesmus. The damp-heat scorches the collaterals of the Intestines, which manifests as blood in the stool. The struggle between the normal qi and blood and the pathogenic influences brews in the Intestines and transforms into pus, which is expelled through the stool. Damp-heat in the lower burner causes scanty, dark urine and a burning sensation around the anus. The presence of damp-heat is also reflected in the greasy, slightly yellow tongue coating. The source text quotes a passage from the Inner Classic to explain the rationale of this formula: "When the stool contains pus and blood, the bleeding will stop when the qi moves; when the blood is moving normally, the pus in the stool will resolve by itself; when the qi is regulated, the tenesmus will disappear by itself." This formula is used primarily by dysenteric disorders caused by damp-heat, while Pulsatilla Decoction (bai tou weng tang) is used for dysenteric disorders caused by heat toxin scalding the Stomach and Intestines. One of the distinguishing characteristics of a damp-heat dysenteric disorder is the roughly equal amount of blood and pus. Where the cause is heat toxin, however, the heat is much more pronounced and there is thus more blood than pus in the stool.* --Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas and Strategies.



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