Herb Formulas Notebook

Shi Xiao San

(Sudden Smile Powder)

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Source: Materia Medica Arranged According to Pattern (1108)

Category: Formulas that Regulate Blood

Pattern: Blood stasis obstructing the vessels in the abdomen, Yin Wei Mai Heat pain with Jueyin pattern.

Key Symptoms: Bouts of severe acute pain in the lower abdomen, stabbing pain in the epigastrium or chest, postpartum abdominal pain
Secondary Symptoms: Irregular menstruation, long menstrual cycle, dysmenorrhoea, retention of lochia

Tongue: Dark body, stasis spots
Pulse: Thin, wiry or rough
Abdomen: No pain on pressure in either epigastrium or lower abdomen

Wu Ling Zhi 8-12g
Pu Huang 8-12g

In the UK Wu Ling Zhi must be substituted for Yan Hu Suo + Lian Fang.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Invigorates the Blood, dispels Blood stasis, disperses accumulation, alleviates pain

Contraindications: Pregnancy, stomach deficiency

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009).

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.