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:

  • Xiao Feng San - Sun Ten
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  • Xiao Feng Wan - HBW
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    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:

  • Cang Zhu (Atractylodes) - Strongly dries dampness, strengthens spleen - low appetite,…
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  • Chan Tui (Cicada Moulting) - Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat with loss of voice…
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  • Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) - Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen comple…
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  • Fang Feng (Ledebouriella root, siler) - Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body …
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  • Gan Cao (Licorice Root) - Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/s…
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  • Hei Zhi Ma (Black Sesame Seeds) - Tonify the yin of the liver and kidney systems.  U…
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  • Jing Jie (Schizonepeta Stem) - Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either w…
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  • Ku Shen (Sophora Root) - Clears heat, dries dampness - dysentery, leukorrhea, jaundi…
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  • Mu Tong (Akebia Caulis) - Promotes urination, drains heat from the heart through the …
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  • Niu Bang Zi (Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium) - Expels wind-heat (acrid), benefits throat - fever, cough, s…
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  • Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia) - Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongu…
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  • Shi Gao (Gypsum) - The most important herb to clear internal heat, especially…
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  • Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena Rhizome) - Clears heat, drains fire - high fever, irritability, thirs…
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    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:

  • Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills) - Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-hea…
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    All formulas in the primary category of "expel wind" are listed below.

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