Yin Qiao Wan - Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula

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Yin Qiao Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "yin qiao wan" , 银翘解丸, which in english is "honeysuckle and forsythia formula", is categorized within the "release the exterior" functional grouping and within the "release exterior wind heat" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan.

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

  • Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chills, headache, desire for fluids, cough, sore throat.
  • Acute respitory infections, acute fever, tonsillitis, canker sores.

Our shop contains yin qiao wan from the following manufacturers:

($9.99) Add To Cart View Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan - HBW
($24.00) Add To Cart View Yin Qiao San - Sun Ten

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. Yin Qiao Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewBo He (Field Mint, Mentha)

Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat. Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.…

ViewDan Dou Chi (Prepared Soybean)

Releases both exterior hot or cold (depending on how it is prepared), also good for exterior disorders with underlying yin deficiency (due to its mild nature). Eliminates irritability, restlessness,…

ViewDan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum Stem and Leaves)

Clears heat - heat patterns with irritability and thirst, mouth sores and swollen, painful gums due to heat in the heart or stomach channels. Promotes urination and clears damp-heat - lin syndrome, …

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)…

ViewJie Geng (Balloon Flower Rhizome)

Opens up and disseminates lung qi, expels phlegm - cough (wind-heat/cold), benefits the throat (sore, loss of voice). Promotes discharge of pus. Guides other herbs to the upper body.

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…

ViewJin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower, Lonicera)

Clear heat, relieve toxic fire - hot, painful swellings in the throat, breast, eyes; intestinal abscesses. Expel wind-heat - fever, aversion to wind, sore throat, headache; also for summer-heat. Cl…

ViewLian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit)

Clear heat and toxins, dissipates nodules - carbuncles and hot sores, neck lumps. Expel wind-heat - fever, slight chills, sore throat, headache.

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…

ViewXian Lu Gen (Fresh Reed Rhizome)

This is Lu Gen in its fresh form.  See the Lu Gen page for all indications.   Xian Lu Gen is stronger in clearing heat, generating body fluids and promoting urination than the dried he…

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. Yin Qiao Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence lung wind invasion - wind heat.

Yin Qiao Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: common cold and/or flu

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding yin qiao wan.

  • Do not use if cold signs are predominant -chills, thin clear mucus, aversion to wind and cold, etc.
  • With stronger cold signs arising from wind-cold/damp Jing Fang Bai Du Wan is likely more suitable.

As noted above, yin qiao wan is within the release the exterior functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "release exterior wind heat", which contains the following formulas:

All formulas in the primary category of "release the exterior" are listed below.

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