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Xiao Yao San
Xiao Yao San
|Brand||Blue Poppy Classics|
|Dosage||Three capsules two times per day equal not less than 30 grams of bulk medicinals.|
|Potency||10:1 (average) 500mg|
|Chinese Symptomology||Rib distention; breast tenderness, fatigue; loss of appetite, bitter mouth, dry throat, headache related to Liver function disorder, menstrual cycle disorders; dizziness.|
|Western Symptomology||Chronic hepatitis, pleuritis, chronic gastritis, neurosis, chronic menstrual problems, PMS, breast masses or cysts, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, ulcers, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome.|
|Actions||Relieves Liver Qi stagnation; strengthens Stomach and Spleen functions; harmonizes Stomach and Liver functions.|
|Pattern||Liver Qi stagnation or blood deficiency.|
|Tongue||A normal or darkish tongue with thin, white fur; An enlarged tongue with teeth-marks on its edges and/or cracks in its center; A pale tongue|
|Pulse||A bowstring pulse; A fine pulse|
|Chinese name||Xiao Yao San|
|English name||Rambling Powder|
|Description||This formula comes from the Song Dynasty Tai Ping Hui Men He Hi Ju Fang (Tai Ping Imperical Grace Formulary).
Within this formula, Chai Hu courses the liver and resolves depression. The combination of Dang Gui and Bai Shao nourishes the blood and emolliates the liver. Because Dang Gui is somewhat aromatic, it moves the qi, but because it is sweet, it also relaxes tension, urgency, or cramping. Therefore, it is an essential medicinal for treating liver depression with blood vacuity. Bai Zhu and Fu Ling fortify the spleen and eliminate dampness, thus promoting movement and transformation and, ultimately, the source of engenderment of the qi and blood. Bai Zhu aromatically dries dampness, while Fu Ling blandly seeps it. Mix-fried Gan Cao boosts the qi and supplements the center as well as relaxes the liver\\\'s tension. It is the assistant medicinal in this formula. The two envoys or guides in this formula are Sheng Jiang and Bo He. Sheng Jiang harmonizes the center and eliminates dampness. Bo He, when used in small amounts, assists Chai Hus scattering and resolution of liver depression.
Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) - 75 mg; Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) - 75 mg; Fu Ling (Poria) - 75 mg; Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) - 75 mg; Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Albae) - 75 mg; Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis) - 50 mg; Bo He (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis) - 50 mg; mix-fried Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) - 25 mg