Xiao Feng Wan - Clear Wind Pill

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Xiao Feng Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "xiao feng wan" , 消风丸, which in english is "clear wind pill", is categorized within the "expel wind" functional grouping and within the "release wind from the skin and channels" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Eliminate Wind Pills, Tangkuie and Arctium Formula.

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
  • Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
  • Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.


Xiao Feng Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.

Our shop contains xiao feng wan from the following manufacturers:

($21.00) Add To Cart View Xiao Feng San - Sun Ten
($9.99) Add To Cart View Xiao Feng Wan - HBW

For many reasons such as availability, ecological choices, and/or price, each manufacturer or herbalist may well adjust the exact composition of a specific formula. Xiao Feng Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewCang Zhu (Atractylodes)

Strongly dries dampness, strengthens spleen - low appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distention, fatigue, vomiting, greasy tongue coat. Expels wind-damp-cold (bi-syndrome) in extremities. Clears damp-h…

ViewChan Tui (Cicada Moulting)

Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat with loss of voice, swollen and sore throat. Vents rashes - for early stage of measles with an incomplete expression of the rash. Clears eyes and removes supe…

ViewDang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea. Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold …

ViewFang Feng (Ledebouriella root, siler)

Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache) Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb) Trembling hands and/or feet …

ViewGan Cao (Licorice Root)

Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong). Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang)…

ViewHei Zhi Ma (Black Sesame Seeds)

Tonify the yin of the liver and kidney systems.  Useful for vision disturbances (blurry vision), tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, premature graying of the hair. Nourish liver blood and cl…

ViewJing Jie (Schizonepeta Stem)

Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used…

ViewKu Shen (Sophora Root)

Clears heat, dries dampness - dysentery, leukorrhea, jaundice, sores. Expels wind, kills parasites, stops itching - for damp toxin skin lesions or infestations with chronic itching, seepage, and ble…

ViewMu Tong (Akebia Caulis)

Promotes urination, drains heat from the heart through the small intestine - irritability with sores of the mouth or tongue, scanty urination, lin syndrome, edema. Promotes lactation, unblocks the b…

ViewNiu Bang Zi (Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium)

Expels wind-heat (acrid), benefits throat - fever, cough, sore, red, swollen throat. Clears heat (bitter, cold), relieves toxicity, vents rashes - red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, acute febrile ras…

ViewSheng Di Huang (Rehmannia)

Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood. Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mou…

ViewShi Gao (Gypsum)

The most important herb to clear internal heat, especially in the qi and yang ming levels. Clears heat, drains fire (heavy, descending) - high fever with no chills, excessive thirst, sweating, flood…

ViewZhi Mu (Anemarrhena Rhizome)

Clears heat, drains fire - high fever, irritability, thirst, and a rapid flooding pulse in patterns of excessive heat in the lungs and/or stomach; cough due to lung heat with thick yellow sputum. No…

A single formula, alone, may not be sufficient to fully address a particular TCM diagnostic pattern. Formulas may be used alone, in combinations, and/or in stages. Xiao Feng Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence liver and gallbladder damp heat, lung wind invasion - wind heat and/or spleen and stomach damp heat.

Xiao Feng Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: dermatitis, eczema, itching, psoriasis and/or skin problems (rash)

As noted above, xiao feng wan is within the expel wind functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "release wind from the skin and channels", which contains the following formulas:

ViewChuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills)

Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-heat/wind-damp), with neck stiffness, muscle aches and/or nasal discharge. In certain cases may be useful for migraines, frequent headaches - …

All formulas in the primary category of "expel wind" are listed below.

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