Chai Hu Shu Gan San Caps 120's, Blue Poppy

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Bupleurum Course the Liver Powder

This formula comes from Zhang Jie-bin (a.k.a. Zhang Jing-yue)’s Ming dynasty Jing Yue Quan Shu (The Complete Writing of Jing Yue) published in 1624 CE. Our version is a 10:1 powdered extract in 500 mg gelatin capsules.


Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Albae)
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong)
Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi)
Zhi Ke (Fructus Aurantii)
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)

Functions: Courses and harmonizes the liver, resolves depression and rectifies the qi

Indications: Liver depression qi stagnation with or without blood vacuity manifesting as chest, stomach duct, breast, and/or rib-side distention and pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and/or dysmenorrhea

Signs & symptoms of liver depression qi stagnation include:

  • Irritability

  • Chest, stomach duct, breast, and/or rib-side distention and pain

  • PMS

  • A bowstring pulse

Formula explanation: Within this formula, Chai Hu, Xiang Fu, and Zhi Ke course the liver and rectify the qi. Bai Shao and Chuan Xiong supplement and nourish the blood, thus emoliating and harmonizing the liver. In addition, Chuan Xiong moves the qi within the blood and empirically is effective for stopping pain. Gan Cao harmonizes all the other medicinals in the formula. However, with Bai Shao, it also is famous for relaxing cramping and tension.

Dosage: According to Him-che Yeung in Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas, Vol. 2, the standard daily dose in decoction for this formula is 48 grams. Because of the 10:1 concentration ratio and the efficiency of our manufacturing process it would take only 7 capsules per day of Blue Poppy's version of this formula to equal the standard daily dose. The actual prescribed dose should be determined by the practitioner on a case by case basis.

May patient does present the signs and symptoms of:

Liver depression qi stagnation Yes No

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