Herb Formulas Notebook

Hei Xiao Yao San

Black Rambling Powder

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Source: Writings Taking Personal Responsibility for the Medical Tradition (Qing dynasty)

Category: Formulas that Harmonise

Pattern: Shaoyang disharmony: Liver constraint with Spleen Qi and severe Blood deficiency

Key Symptoms: Premenstrual cramps, excessive menstrual bleeding, various types of discharge, pain in the shoulders or shoulder blades, vertigo or dizziness, pain or distention in the breast or flanks, dry throat, fluctuating moods
Secondary Symptoms: Alternating chills and fever, bitter taste, headache, tension in the shoulders and neck, abdominal distention, reduced appetite, soft or incomplete and difficult bowel movements, irregular menstruation, insomnia, anxiety

Tongue: Pale red
Pulse: Wiry and deficient or wiry and rapid
Abdomen: Hypochondriac distention (right > left), pain on palpation of lower abdomen, splashing sound in epigastrium, palpable periumbilical pulsations

Shu Di Huang 15g
Chai Hu 9g
Dang Gui 9g
Bai Shao 9g
Bai Zhu 9g
Fu Ling 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 4.5g
Bo He 3g
Wei Jiang 1sl

Preparation: Traditionally the first seven ingredients are ground into powder and taken in 6-9g doses as a draft with a decoction of Bo He and Wei Jiang. Often prepared as a decoction today.

Actions: Spreads Liver Qi, strengthens the Spleen, nourishes the Blood

Contraindications: Purely deficient disorders

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