Herb Formulas Notebook

Xiao Yao San

(Rambling Powder)

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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 Harmonise

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

Key Symptoms: 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, deficient
Abdomen: Hypochondriac distention (right > left), pain on palpation of lower abdomen, splashing sound in epigastrium, palpable periumbilical pulsations

Chai Hu 9g
Dang Gui 9g
Bai Shao 9-15g
Bai Zhu 9g
Fu Ling 9-15g
Zhi Gan Cao 4.5-9g
Bo He 2g
Wei Jiang 1sl

Preparation: Traditionally the first six 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

Zhi Zi and Mu Dan Pi are commonly added to this formula to make Jia Wei Xiao Yao San if there are signs of Heat.

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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.