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Yin Qiao San - Honeysuckle and Forsythia Powder


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Yin Qiao San *

aka Yin Chiao San

Honeysuckle and Forsythia Powder

Do Not confuse this formula with Yin Qiao TANG

Though designated for Wind-Heat, this classic formula is effective for Wind-Cold conditions as well.  It is extremely popular due to its effectiveness and mildness.

Origin of Yin Qiao San

Systematic differentiation of Warm Diseases, WEN BING TIAO BIAN (1798)


Yin Qiao San's TCM Functions 

  • Disperses Wind-Heat
  • Disperses Wind-Cold
  • Relieves toxicity

Yin Qiao San Ingredients

Honeysuckle flower Jin Yin Hua 
Forsythiae fruit Lian Qiao 
Balloon Flower root Jie Geng 
Great Burdock fruitt Niu Bang Zi 
Mint leaf Bo He
Fermented Soybean Dan Dou Chi 
Lophatheri herb Dan Zhu Ye
Schizonepeta herb Jing Jie
Phragmitis rhizome * Lu Gen *
Licorice root Gan Cao

* Omitted from the Dr. Shen tablets in order to make the formula safer and more effective for treating Wind-Cold conditions, for which it is most often used.  

Yin Qiao San Safety

Considered very safe, Yin Qiao San is able to treat Upper Burner respiratory diseases without causing injury to the middle or lower burner (digestion).

If cold persists for more than 2 weeks, seek professional advice.

Pregnant or nursing women should consult their health care provider before taking any supplement.


Dosage and Administration of Yin Qiao San

Tablets: 2-4 tablets, 3 or 4 times a day, or as prescribed.

Granules: 2-4 grams, taken 2-3 times a day, best on an empty stomach

Whole Herbs: Using a container made of ceramic, glass, or stainless steel (no aluminum, iron or copper) boil 1 packet of herbs in 4 cups of water or until 2 cups of medicine remain. Mint should be added during the last 5 minutes of boiling. 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 Boiling Chinese Herbal Decoctions

Chinese herbs are known to have powerful odors.  Be sure to ventilate the room when boiling the decoction.  Adjust the pot lid and flame to regulate water evaporation.  If the water evaporates too fast and the herbs 'burn', discard them.

Boiling times are averaged according to the composition of the formula. Flower and leaf will yield medicine in 5 -20 minutes. Branches cook for 10-30 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.  Certain herbs, like powdered minerals and tree saps, are not boiled, but stirred into to the strained decoction.

* 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)

* 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. 

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