Dr. Shen’s Free & Easy Pills For Stress and Constrained Qi
Also known as: Xiao Yao Wan, Xiao Yao San, Xiao Yao Pian, Rambling Powder
XIAO YAO WAN may be the most often prescribed Chinese medicine in the Western world. It goes by names such as “Free and Easy Pills,” “Free and Easy Wanderer,” “Free and Relaxed Pills,” and “Rambling Powder.” Even though it was developed in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) almost 875 years ago, XIAO YAO WAN’s modern applications are amazing and fascinating.
Why Free and Easy Works
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), loss, memory of loss, fear of loss, and other stresses can cause us to tighten in the chest. All constraint causes QI stagnation. Emotional constraint is known as Liver QI Stagnation because the organ-system known as the liver is most sensitive to our emotions and to the emotional environment that we are exposed to.
Liver QI Stagnation is often experienced as feeling numb or feeling dead. Liver QI Stagnation is almost always diagnosed in the West as depression and is considered to be a mental health or brain issue. Those of us who practice Eastern medicine know that depression or Liver QI Stagnation is, first and foremost, a chest problem, and relief can be readily obtained by ‘Opening And Freeing The Qi Of The Chest.’ Upper-body exercise, forceful crying or wailing, chest massage, breathing exercise, acupuncture, and herbal medicine can all help free the QI of the chest. There are several herbal formulas known to do this; the best known is XIAO YAO SAN. For the last thousand years, Free and Easy Pills have been the go-to formula for Liver QI Stagnation. It utilizes the combination of CHAI HU and BO HE to free the Liver QI in the chest.
When to use Free & Easy
- Stress, Irritability
- Low Spirits
- Menstrual Cycle Support
- PMS Symptoms And Irregular Menses
- Any Condition Made Worse By Stress
Traditional Chinese Medicine Uses and Properties
- Dispels Liver Stasis Or Accumulations
- Harmonizes The Liver And Spleen
- Regulates Qi
- Nourishes And Invigorates Blood
- Regulates Menses
3 tablets, every three or four hours; or as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
XIAO YAO WAN is generally considered safe for everyone, nevertheless, pregnant women are advised to consult with their healthcare providers before using any supplement. Traditional Chinese Medicine, when used properly, is powerful and reliable, but it can also be complex. Self-diagnosis and self-treatment aren’t recommended for chronic, recurring, or serious illness.
At Dr. Shen’s, we use the finest grades of herbs. We import all of our herbs whole, rather than as powders, so we can inspect them for authenticity and quality. We screen for mold, metals, and microorganisms. We test tablets for dissolvability and coat them for easy swallowing. Our excipients are minimal, always natural, and always vegetarian. All ingredients are listed on compliant labels.
Hare’s ear root (Bupleurum Root) Chai Hu
Relaxes constrained Qi and releases the exterior
White Peony Root (Paeonia lactiflora root) Bai Shao
Pacifies the liver and nourishes the blood
Tang gui root (Angelica sinensis root) Dang Gui
Tonifies the blood, and invigorates and harmonizes the blood
White Atractylodes (Atractylodes macrocephala rhizome) Bai Zhu
Benefits the Qi, stabilizes the exterior, strengthens the spleen, and dries dampness
Hoelin (Poria cocos fungus) Fu Ling
Quiets the heart, calms the spirit, harmonizes the middle, and strengthens the spleen
Ginger (Zingiber) Sheng Jiang
Releases the exterior, disperses cold, and adjusts the nutritive and protective qi
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis root) Gan Cao
Harmonizes other herbs, clears heat, detoxifies fire poison, and tonifies qi
Mint Leaf (Mentha herba) Bo He
Frees constrained Qi, clears the head and eyes, and disperses wind heat
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