Theory

Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan Ligusticum Tea Pills - TCM Herbal Formula


Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan Names

  • English Name: Ligusticum Tea Pills
  • Pinyin Name: Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan
  • Chinese Character: 川芎茶調丸



Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-heat/wind-damp), with neck stiffness, muscle aches and/or nasal discharge.
  • In certain cases may be useful for migraines, frequent headaches - particularly when they are influenced by cold weather and/or changing from warm to cold environments.
  • Rhinitis, sinusitis.

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Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan Cautions

Contraindication Notes:

  • Use only with direction during pregnancy.
  • Avoid in cases of headache from liver yang rising or deficiencies of qi and/or blood.



Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications

  • With Gan Mao Ling for wind-heat patterns.
  • With Jing Fang Bai Du Wan for wind-damp patterns.

Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan Has 7 Ingredients

Bai Zhi

Bo He

  • Field Mint, Mentha
    • Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat.
    • Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.
    • Resolves LV Qi Stagnation - emotional issues, PMS, menstrual issues, pressure in chest or sides of body.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • May contribute to insufficient lactation in nursing mothers
    • Avoid excessive sweating/use in weak patients or those who sweat easily
    • May injure yin, use caution in yin deficiency patients

Chuan Xiong

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  • Szechuan Lovage Root
    • Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis).
    • Expels wind and alleviates pain - headache (temporal, vertex), dizziness, painful obstructions, skin issues.
    • Headache - moves qi upward and alleviates pain; headaches due to wind, heat, cold, blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Fang Feng

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  • Ledebouriella root, siler
    • Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache)
    • Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb)
    • Trembling hands and/or feet
    • Spleen/Liver intestinal issues - painful diarrhea, bright blood in stool
    • Migraines
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  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Yin Deficiency - Empty Heat
    • Avoid in spasms from Blood Deficiency

Gan Cao

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  • Licorice Root
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.

Jing Jie

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  • Schizonepeta Stem
    • Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat
    • Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages
    • Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used topically
    • Stops bleeding, blood in stool (secondary herb), uterine bleeding
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in measles and/or w/open sores
    • Caution with exterior deficiency
    • Avoid with liver wind patterns

Qiang Huo




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