Herb Formulas Notebook

Xiao Huo Luo Dan

(Minor Invigorate the Collaterals Special Pill)

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Source: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People of the Taiping Era (1107)
Author: Imperial Medical Bureau

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: Channel obstruction after Wind-Stroke

Key Symptoms: Chronic pain, weakness and numbness (especially in lower extremities) that is aggravated by cold

Tongue: White, moist coat

Zhi Cao Wu 180g
Zhi Chuan Wu 180g
Zhi Tian Nan Xing 180g
Mo Yao 66g
Ru Xiang 66g
Di Long 180g

In the UK most of this formula needs to be substituted. Some suggestions are:
Cao Wu == Xian Mao + Yin Yang Huo
Chuan Wu == Xian Mao + Gui Zhi
Di Long == Xi Xian Cao + Gou Teng

Preparation: Original instructions are to grind into powder and form into pills with honey, then take 3g twice per day on an empty stomach with wine or a decoction of Jing Jie.

Actions: Dispels Wind, eliminates Dampness, transforms Phlegm, invigorates the Blood, unblocks the Channels, alleviates pain

Research Links:
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Journal of Chinese Medicine
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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.