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Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang Caps 120's, Blue Poppy


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Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang 120's

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Peony & Licorice Decoction
 

This formula comes from Zhang Zhong-jing’s late Han dynasty Shan Han Lun (Treatise on Damage [Due to] Cold). Our version is a 10:1 powdered extract in 500 mg gelatin capsules.

Rx:
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Albae)
mix-fried Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)

Functions: Supplements the blood and emolliates the liver, relaxes urgency (or cramping) and stops pain

Indications: Liver blood vacuity manifesting as irritability, abdominal and low back pain, sciatica, spasms of the calf muscles, 50-years shoulder, pancreatitis, dysuria, bronchial asthma, spasmodic cough, hemorrhoidal pain, bladder pain, toothache, beriberi, etc.

Signs & symptoms of liver blood vacuity include:

  • Irritability

  • Abdominal pain

  • Spasms of the calf muscles

  • A pale tongue

  • A fine, bowstring pulse

Formula explanation: Within this formula, Bai Shao nourishes the blood and enriches yin, emolliates the liver and stops pain. Mix-fried Gan Cao supplements the qi. Together, these two medicinals harmonize the liver and spleen and nourish the sinews. This formula is typically added to other formulas when there is spasm of the sinews and/or abdominal pain.

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 24 grams. Because of the 10:1 concentration ratio and the efficiency of our manufacturing process it would take only 3 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.

My patients does present the signs and symptoms of:

Liver blood vacuity Yes No
 

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