Xiao Yao Wan - Free and Easy Wanderer

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Xiao Yao Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "xiao yao wan" , 逍遥丸, which in english is "free and easy wanderer", is categorized within the "harmonize" functional grouping and within the "regulate and harmonize the liver and spleen" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Xiao Yao San, Rambling Powder, Tangkuei and Bupleurum Formula.

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

  • Depression, anxiety, loss of motivation - resulting from liver qi stagnation.
  • Fatigue, bloating, changes in appetite from the combination of spleen qi deficiency with liver qi stagnation.
  • PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation and in some cases infertility.

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

  • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Our shop contains xiao yao wan from the following manufacturers:

  • Xiao Yao San - Sun Ten
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  • Xiao Yao 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 Yao Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

  • Bai Shao (White Peony Root) - Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to…
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  • Bai Zhu (Atractylodes (White) Rhizome) - Tonifies the spleen, augments qi, dries dampness - diarrhea…
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  • Chai Hu (Thorowax Root, Bupleurum) - Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating …
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  • Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) - Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen comple…
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  • Fu Ling (Poria, China Root) - Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - ur…
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  • Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) - This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the …
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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 Yao Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence liver blood deficiency, liver qi stagnation and/or spleen qi deficiency.

    Xiao Yao Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: anxiety, depression, headache, infertility, irregular menstruation, panic attack, postpartum depression and/or premenstrual syndrome (pms)

    Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding xiao yao wan.

    • This formula can be used to help mitigate the effects of stress - whether it is physical, emotional, mental, or some combination.
    • One study found Xiao Yao Wan to have an antidepressent effect via modulation of the glutamate/glutamine cycle.

    As noted above, xiao yao wan is within the harmonize functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "regulate and harmonize the liver and spleen", which contains the following formulas:

  • Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan (Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver) - Liver qi stagnation signs - hypochondriac tension, abdomina…
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  • Da Bu Gan Wan (Major Liver Nutrition Pills) - Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice). Abdominal…
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  • Jiang Ya Wan (Repress The Blood Pressure Pills) - Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat sign…
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  • Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction) - A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - simi…
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  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer Pills) - Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important f…
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  • Pian Tou Tong Wan (Migraine Pills) - Headaches and/or migraines caused by liver yang or liver fi…
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  • Ping Gan Liu Qi Yin Wan (Dang Gui And Pinellia Combination) - Liver qi stagnation with blood deficiency heat - signs of…
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  • Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan (Peony and Licorice Decoction) - Cramping and/or muscle spasms that are due to fluid deficie…
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  • Shu Gan Wan (Liver Comfort Pills) - Abdominal and/or Hypochondriac pain, cramps or spasms resul…
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  • Si Ni San Wan (Frigid Extremities Powder Pills) - Important formula for liver qi stagnation - manifesting as …
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  • Tong Xie Yao Fang Wan (Important Pills for Painful Diarrhea / Calm Wind Pills) - Diarrhea, particularly with abdominal cramping. Diarrhea w…
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  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction) - Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating f…
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  • Yi Gan Wan (Restrain The Liver Powder) - Anxiety, palpitations, easily frightened, alternating fever…
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    All formulas in the primary category of "harmonize" are listed below.

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