JIA WEI XIAO YAO SAN - Free & Easy Wanderer / Granules, Capsules, Whole Herbs
JIA WEI XIAO YAO SAN *
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According to TCM, depression, anxiety, mood swings, and many other 'mental' problems are actually aberrations of QI (energy), and since energy is indisputably physical in nature, these supposed 'mental conditions' are actually energetic and therefore physical conditions, and are thus solvable by physical means.
Since the 11th century, the formula XIAO YAO SAN (Rambling Powder) has been the leading remedy for the underlying pattern that is the cause of these 'mental' diseases. This pattern is known as Liver Qi Stagnation (LQS)
The term "Liver QI" refers to the QI of the chest. When confronted with stress or loss, most people react by tightening or constraining the Qi of the chest, thus the term Liver Qi Stagnation. This condition is usually diagnosed as depression by modern physicians. According to TCM, all stagnations lead to 'Heat'. When onstrained Qi of the chest heats up it effects the Heart and Liver which underlie the stagnant Qi. Indications of this 'heat in the chest' include anxiety, restlessness, mood swings and insomnia.
JIA WEI XIAO YAO WAN is a 19th century adaptation of XIAO YAO WAN. Here, the original formula is augmented by adding MU DAN PI and ZHI ZI, enabling the formula to "Clear Heat' in the heart and liver, thus helping relieve symptoms of anxiety and restlessness.
JIA WEI XIAO YAO WAN's TCM Uses
- Spreads Liver Qi
- Strengthens the Spleen
- Unblocks Constraint
- Clears Heart Heat
- Calms the Spirit
When to Use JIA WEI XIAO YAO WAN
- Bloating & Gas
- Low Spirits
- Emotional Outbursts
- Breast Distention And Tenderness In Women
- Any Condition Made Worse By Stress
- Soothes and Softens the Liver
- Regulates QI
- Nourishes Blood
- Tonifies the Spleen
- Clears Heat
JIA WEI XIAO YAO WAN, Free & Easy Safety
Pregnant or nursing women should consult their health care provider before taking any supplement.
TCM is powerful and reliable, but it can be complex. Self-diagnosis and self-treatment aren't usually recommended. Best to start an e-mail-phone consultation.
Dosage and Administration of JIA WEI XIAO YAO WAN
Granules: 2-4 grams, taken 2-3 times a day, best on an empty stomach
Whole Herbs: The potent odors and flavors of Chinese herbs are legendary. Boiling the herbs and drinking the tea will provide the fullest experience of these medicines. Commonly, Chinese herbs are boiled for 20 - 40 minutes, the dregs are strained out and the "tea" is taken warm or at room temperature. Boiling times are averaged according to the composition of the formula. Flower and leaf will yield medicine in 5 -20 minutes. Roots take 20 to 40 minutes; Shells and minerals must cook for at least one hour. A few herbs, like mint which is one of the herbs in this formula must be quick-boiled for only 1-5 minutes lest they loose their valuable volatile oils. These herbs are added separately to the boiling mixture just before completion.
Using a container made of ceramic, glass, or stainless steel (no aluminum, iron or copper) boil 1 packet of herbs in 2-3 quarts of water for until 2 cups of medicine remain. Add the BO HE (mint) 3 minutes before boiling is complete. Strain herbs; save and refrigerate for a second boiling. Drink 1 cup in the AM. And 1 cup in the PM. If desired, repeat the following day, using the saved herbs from the refrigerator.
Tips on Decocting Chinese Herbs
Commonly, Chinese herbs are boiled for 20 - 40 minutes, the dregs are strained out and the "tea" is taken warm or at room temperature. Boiling times are averaged according to the composition of the formula. Flower and leaf will yield medicine in 5 -20 minutes. Roots take 20 to 40 minutes; Shells and minerals must cook for at least one hour. A few herbs, like mint or tangerine peel, must be quick-boiled for only 1-5 minutes to retain their volatile oils. These herbs are added separately to the boiling mixture just before completion.
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Ingredients
- JIU CHAO BAI SHAO, Paeonia lactiflora
- FU LING, Poria cocos fungus - tuckaho mushroom
- BAI ZHU, Atractylodes macrocephala rhizome
- MU DAN PI, Paeonia suffruticosa root-bark
- ZHI ZI, Gardenia jasminoides fruit - gardenia
- CHAI HU, Bupleurum chinense root - hare's ear
- DANG GUI, Angelica sinensis root - tang kwei
- SHENG JIANG, Zingiber officinale - fresh ginger
- GAN CAO, Glycyrrhiza uralensis root - licorice
- BO HE, Mentha - mint
Chai Hu spreads Liver Qi.
Dang Gui and Bai Shao (White peony root) nourish the Liver Blood. These three herbs combine to reduce Liver Qi stagnation caused by stress and Blood deficiency.
Bai Zhu and Fu Ling reinforce the Spleen Qi, aiding the creation of Qi and Blood. Shen Jiang regulates the stomach and aids in digestion of the formula.
Bo He potentiate Chai Hu in spreading the Liver Qii.
Gan Cao helps Bai Zhu and Fu Ling to improve Spleen Qi. Most importantly, Gan Cao also boosts the potency of all the herbs in the formula.
Safety of JIA WEI XIAO YAO SAN
Traditional Chinese Medicine is powerful and reliable, but it can be complex. As TCM is not based on symptoms alone, self-diagnosis and self-treatment aren't recommended. Best to start a low cost online-herbal-consultation.
* What’s the Difference Between, PIAN, WAN, TANG, SAN, SHUI and GAO?
- PIAN = Tablet (modern looking pill)
- WAN = Pill (old-style or handmade pill, or black teapill)
- TANG = Water Decoction (boiled whole herbs)
- SAN = Powder (milled or granulated)
- SHUI = Tincture (extract with alcohol or other solvent)
- GAO = Paste (topical unguent or plaster)
XIAO YAO WAN (Free & Easy) Research
Many clinical studies have verified the effects of XIAO YAO WAN.
As of 2009, there were 26 randomized trials published involving 1837 patients. In these studies, Xiao Yao San was studied compared to placebos, antidepressants, or both in combination. Generally, the conclusions are that Xiao Yao Wan helps patients with depression, who use the formula alone, or who combine it with modern antidepressants. At least one study concluded that Xiao Yao San is as antidepressants, but without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
These statements have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.