This is the very popular formula Xiao Yao Wan with more “spirit calming” herbs – Long Gu and Mu Li.
- xiao yao san (with Long Gu Mu Li)
- Free and Easy Wanderer custom
- Rambling Powder custom
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.
- 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.
- 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.
茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos
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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