Details of Modified without Chai Hu Bupleurum and Tang-kuei Formula
Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.
xiao yao san
hsiao yao san
Free and Easy Wanderer
This is probably the most used formula after its cousin, Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan. It is for stress and in particular “liver
qi stagnation” in Chinese Medicine terms. This type of stagnation is for getting angry at little things that shouldn’t matter that much. You can feel great and then….you hit a red light… NOOO! You are angry!
柴胡 hare’s ear root, thorowax root, bupleurum Radix Bupleuri [ caution])
Mei Gui Hua – American Rose Pedals (
Mei Gui – literally Beautiful Country is the Chinese name for America. Isn’t that nice. And Hua is a flower.)
當歸 tangkuei, Chinese angelica root Radix Angelicae Sinensis [
白芍 white peony root, peony Paeoniae Radix alba [
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
甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae prep. [
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
白术 , bai shu ovate atractylodes, (white) atractylodes rhizome [
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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Balanced Slightly Delicate