This is the very popular formula Xiao Yao Wan with more “spirit calming” herbs – Long Gu and Mu Li.

Alternative Names

  • xiao yao san (with Long Gu Mu Li)
  • Free and Easy Wanderer custom
  • Rambling Powder custom

 

Ingredients

Long Gu

Mu Li

Chai Hu 柴胡 hare’s ear root, thorowax root, bupleurum Radix Bupleuri [caution]

Bo He 薄荷 field mint, mentha Herba Menthae Haplocalycis

  • Chai hu is the herb that helps move that Liver qi beneath the ribs, on the flanks, or on the sides of the head in the case of migraine headaches. Bo he helps, and it tastes good too.

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

Bai Shao 白芍 white peony root, peony Paeoniae Radix alba [supports pregnancy]

  • The two herbs above serve to nourish the blood and yin-fluids that keep the Liver lubricated and functioning harmoniously. When the Liver gets dry, the qi can stagnate, and that’s what this formula is treating, “Liver qi stagnation”.
  • Also, Chai hu is a drying herb which can damage the yin-fluids of the Liver, so Bai Shao is commonly used with Chai hu just to moderate this effect.

Zhi Gan Cao 甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae prep. [caution]

  • Gan cao is commonly added to formulas to harmonize all the ingredients so they work gently without side-effects. The fact that this sweet herb (the literal translation of gan cao) is honey fried, it is mostly focused then on the functions of the Stomach.

Fu Ling 茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos

Bai Zhu 白术 , bai shu ovate atractylodes, (white) atractylodes rhizome [supports pregnancy]

Sheng Jiang ginger rhizome Zingiberis Rhizoma

  • These three herbs (along with the gan cao above) are used to prevent the Liver problems from spreading into the digestive functions which they commonly do. This formula strengthens the digestion while it prevents the Liver (nervous system) from causing problems in the digestive tract. Ginger prevents nausea too, which is a common effect of stress-induced Liver qi stagnation such as you might find with a migraine or excessive emotion.
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