Shao Yao Tang

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Shao Yao Tang regulates & harmonizes Qi & blood, clears Heat, detoxify


Shao Yao Tang - Su Wen bing Ji Qi Yi Bao Ming Ji

Peony soup (todays dosages and herbs)

Bai Shao Yao (radix paeoniae lactiflorae)15-20g* [regulate Blood and Ying]

Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis)6-9g** [regulate Blood and Ying]

Gan Cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)4.5g** [moderates spasm]

Mu Xiang (radix aucklandiae lappae)4.5g** [move Qi]

Bing Lang (semen arecae catechu)4.5g** [move Qi]

Huang Lian (rhizoma coptidis)6-9g*** [clear Damp & Heat]

Huang Qin (radix scutellariae)9-12g*** [clear Damp & Heat]

Da Huang (radix and rhizoma rhei)6-9g*** [purge Heat]

Rou Gui (cortex cinnamomi cassiae)1.5-3g*** [move Blood, oppose cold bitter of other herbs]

Indications: Damp-heat in the intestines causing stagnation. Quite often may be food poisoning or epidemic febrile disease that produces stagnation leading to diarrhea, pain, and tenesmus (always wanting to go to defecate but not producing significant amounts of stool). This can cause difficulty with bowel movements, pus and blood in the stool, burning anus (ring of fire), Damp-Heat in the low Jiao causes scanty dark urine. T- greasy yellow coat, P- rapid (soft or slippery).

The primary action of this Chinese herbal formula is to regulate the Qi and Blood to treat the above pattern.



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