Fantastically Effective Pill to Invigorate the Collaterals – 

Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan

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Tissue trauma is a common outcome of working too hard, lifting something too heavy or anything that causes a bruise to the body, whether it can be seen or not. This would also apply to sprains and strains.

The use of the two key herbs in this formula used for pain goes back to at least 1107.

However, There is one other book that makes mention of the two key herbs in this formula that goes back to biblical times, literally. Ru Xiang and Mo Yao are Frankincense and Myrrh. My working theory is perhaps the wise men offered these herbs not to the baby Jesus, but to Mary who’d just given birth and was suffering from some tissue trauma herself.

About this formula

The blood invigorating actions of this formula support the healing of bruises, swellings and pain associated with bodily injury.

These four herbs do a great job of distributing their action widely to the entire body. That’s why the use of “guiding herbs” are often employed to direct the actions of this formula to specific parts of the body. See the modifications below.

Alternative Names

  • Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan


Ru Xiang 乳香 frankincense, gum olibanum, mastic Olibanum [don’t use if pregnant]

Mo Yao 没藥 myrrh Myrrha

  • These two herbs are often used in Chinese medicine to stimulate blood flow in the area of recent tissue trauma. They are said to “open the channels and collaterals” which is to say stimulates the flow of blood through the smaller capillaries where tissue trauma often takes place. Where there is blood flow, there is faster healing and less bruising, swelling, and pain.

Dan Shen 丹蔘 salvia root Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix [caution]

  • Improves blood circulation and calms the spirit. The blood circulation functions help remove the stagnation that causes pain and swelling.

Dang Gui (Wei) 當歸 tangkuei, Chinese angelica root Radix Angelicae Sinensis [supports pregnancy]

  • Dang gui’s blood circulation support is of great value in the treatment of bruising, swelling and pain. There is an ancient saying that says “where there is flow, there is no pain and where there is pain, there is no flow.” So, blood circulation is crucial in this formula.

The beauty of Chinese herbalism is in its ability to modify a formula to the specific needs of the individual. As such as offer the following modifications, mix and match as you may need. Choose the part of body that has been injured, and then check the last few for modifications that add to the benefits of this formula.

Niu xi translates to “ox knee” and is used for weak, creaky knees.

For trauma to the legs and feet, add:

  • Du Huo 獨活 pubescent angelica root, angelica root, tu-huo Radix Angelicae Pubiscentis
  • Chuan Niu Xi 川牛膝 cyathula root Cyathulae Radix [don’t use if pregnant]

For trauma to the lower back, add:

For trauma to the middle back, add:

  • Xiang Fu 香附 cyperus, nut-grass rhizome Cyperi Rhizoma

For trauma to the upper back, add:

  • Ge Gen 葛根 kudzu root, pueraria Radix Puerariae
  • Qiang Huo 羌活 notopterygium root, chiang-huo Rhizoma et Radix Notopterygii

For trauma to the arms and shoulders. add:

  • Qiang Huo 羌活 notopterygium root, chiang-huo Rhizoma et Radix Notopterygii
  • Jiang Huang薑黄 turmeric rhizome Rhizoma Curcumae Longae, Curcumae longae Rhizoma [don’t use if pregnant]


For trauma to the mouth or jaw, add:

  • Sheng Ma 升麻 bugbane rhizome, cimicifuga, black cohosh rhizome Rhizoma Cimicifugae
  • Ge Gen 葛根 kudzu root, pueraria Radix Puerariae

For bone fracture healing support, add:

  • Du Zhong 杜仲 Eucommiae Cortex eucommia bark
  • Xu Duan 續斷 Japanese teasel root; dipsacus Radix Dipsaci Asperi

To relax muscle spasms, add:

  • Bai Shao 白芍 white peony root, peony Paeoniae Radix alba [supports pregnancy]
  • Gan Cao 甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae [caution]

This is a formula generally used when it is needed, as such a higher dosage is indicated. Take 1 level teaspoon of the powder (8 capsules) three times daily. Empty stomach is best for efficient absorption, but not essential. [More…]

At this dosage, your order will last approximately this long (?):

  • 100 grams powder (capsules or powder): 2 weeks
  • 200 grams powder (powder only): 1 month
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