Xiao Yao Wan is also known as Xiao Yao San, Xiao Yao Pian, or Free and Easy Wanderer and is a relatively practical and common tonic Chinese medicine prescription. It first appeared in <Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang> in 1,078 AD.
<Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang> is a clinical classic book of traditional Chinese medicine compiled by Imperial Medical Service, which is the highest medical education institution in the Song Dynasty. This book listed about 788 recipes for medicines.
Xiao Yao is a philosophical term of Taoism. It means “carefree”, “unrestrained”, “leisure”, or “a person walking leisurely on the road”. Wan means “pill”.
In the early days, most of the traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions were decoction or powder. The meaning of “San” in Xiao Yao San is powder. At that time, most of the output of Chinese herbs was not high. In order to control the consumption of Chinese herbs, people ground Chinese herbs into powder.
With the development of pharmaceutical technology, Xiao Yao San has been changed into a pill. Xiao Yao Wan is more rigorous and safer than Xiao Yao San in the Song Dynasty.
In Chinese medicine, Xiao Yao Wan is often used to harmonize the liver and spleen, soothe the liver and alleviate depression, nourish blood and invigorate the spleen, treat chest tightness, chest pain, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholelithiasis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, gastrointestinal neurosis, premenstrual tension, breast hyperplasia, menopausal syndrome, pelvic inflammation, and uterine fibroids.
Xiao Yao Wan is not a special medicine for women, and it can also be used by men who meet the above diseases.
Main beneficial ingredients of Xiao Yao Wan
- Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
- Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
- Bai Shao (White Peony Root)
- Bo He (Mentha)
- Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger)
- Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
- Fu Ling (Poria Cocos)
- Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
Chai Hu plays a key role in this recipe. It can soothe the liver and alleviate depression, replenish the middle qi and yang, and treat abdominal pain, bloating, menstrual disorders, and dysmenorrhea caused by liver depression and qi stagnation.
The medicinal property of Dang Gui is relatively warm. It can improve hematopoietic function, regulate blood circulation, nourish the liver and relieve pain.
The medicinal property of Bai Shao is slightly cold, with a sour and bitter taste. It can astringe liver yin and suppress liver yang, nourish blood and relieve pain.
The medicinal property of Bo He is relatively cool. It can soothe the liver and promote the circulation of qi, relieve chest tightness and chest pain caused by liver depression and qi stagnation.
The medicinal property of Sheng Jiang is relatively warm. It can warm the spleen and stomach, enhance appetite, and has analgesic and antiemetic effects.
The medicinal property of Bai Zhu is relatively warm. It can invigorate the spleen and replenish qi, dry dampness and induce diuresis, and relieve loss of appetite, loose stools, diarrhea, and edema.
Fu Ling can induce diuresis and eliminate edema, invigorate the spleen and calm the nerves. Gan Cao can invigorate the spleen and replenish qi, reconcile other herbs in this recipe.
Benefits of Xiao Yao Wan
- Anti-inflammation, anti-pathogen, and anti-tumor.
- Inhibiting the central nervous system and having sedative, analgesic, and antipyretic effects.
- Lowering blood sugar, promoting urination, and eliminating edema.
- Reducing the damage of CCL4 to liver tissue and protecting the liver.
- Calming the nerves and alleviating palpitation and insomnia caused by insufficiency of qi and blood, and treating chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Anti-depression and alleviating postpartum depression, senile depression, and anxiety neurosis.
- Inhibiting the abnormal metabolism of lipoprotein and hyperviscosity in the recovery period of ischemic cerebrovascular disease.
- Improving appetite, relieving dyspepsia and vomiting, treating gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, chronic gastritis, gastrointestinal neurosis.
- Soothing the liver and alleviating depression, treating abdominal pain, bloating, menstrual disorders, and dysmenorrhea caused by liver depression and qi stagnation.
- Nourishing the liver and blood, treating blood stasis, irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, and dysmenorrhea caused by blood deficiency.
- Astringing liver yin and relieving chest tightness, chest pain, headache and dizziness caused by hyperactivity of liver yang.
- Invigorating the spleen and replenishing qi, relieving loss of appetite, loose stools, and diarrhea caused by spleen deficiency.
- Treating acne, pimples, cysts, and chloasma.
- Treating breast hyperplasia, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, and menopausal syndrome.
How to use Xiao Yao Wan
When using Xiao Yao Wan, follow the instructions for the medicine. It is a small black concentrated pill.
When you take it, 6-9g each time. 3 times daily. It is recommended to be taken with warm water.
Generally, if you take it continuously for 3 weeks, your body will improve. After that, you can take it in small amounts or stop taking it.
Side effects of Xiao Yao Wan
Xiao Yao Wan has been used clinically for many years with almost no side effects.
A small proportion of patients taking it may cause endocrine disorders.
Precaution of Xiao Yao Wan
- It is not recommended to eat cold or greasy or indigestible foods while taking this medicine.
- It is recommended to stay optimistic and avoid getting angry while taking this medicine.
- During the medication, if the patient has more or less menstruation, postponed menstruation, or irregular vaginal bleeding, she should go to the hospital for treatment.
- Patients with severe chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, nephropathy, etc. should take it the medicine under the guidance of doctors.
- Children, pregnant women, lactating women, and menorrhagia should take it under the guidance of a physician.
- If symptoms are not relieved after taking the medicine for 3 days, you should go to the hospital for treatment.
- People who are allergic to the ingredients of Xiao Yao Wan should not take it.
- If you are using other medicines, you need to ask your doctor.