Xiao Yao San, 4oz
Xiao Yao San, 4oz
|Brand||Five Flavors Herbs|
|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.|
|Chinese name||Xiao Yao San|
|English name||Rambling Powder|
Within this formula, Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) courses the liver and resolves depression. The combination of Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) and Bai Shao (Radix Alba Paeoniae) 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 (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) and Fu Ling (Poria) 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. Mixfried Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) boosts the qi and supplements the center as well as relaxes the livers tension. It is the assistant medicinal in this formula. The two envoys or guides in this formula are Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis) and Bo He (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis). Sheng Jiang harmonizes the center and eliminates dampness. Bo He, when used in small amounts, assists Chai Hus scattering and resolution of liver depression. This formula comes from the Song Dynasty Tai Ping Hui Men He Hi Ju Fang (Tai Ping Imperical Grace Formulary).
Angelica sinensis root [Dang Gui], Bupleurum chinense root [Chai Hu], White Peony root [Bai Shao], Poria sclerotium [Fu Ling], Atractylodes rhizome [Bai Zhu], Fresh Ginger rhizome [Sheng Jiang], Honey- Prepared Chinese Licorice root [Zhi Gan Cao], Mentha haplocalyx leaf [Bo He].