Pian Tou Tong Wan Migraine Pills - TCM Herbal Formula

  • English Name:  Migraine Pills
  • Pinyin Name:  Pian Tou Tong Wan
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Pian Tou Tong Wan Ingredients

Below you will find the (10) Chinese Medicinal Herbs that are commonly used to create Pian Tou Tong Wan (in alphabetical order). You may click on the name of the herb for more details.

TCM HerbEnglish NameClinical FunctionsFunctional Group
Bai ZhiAngelica Root
  • Expels wind-cold, dampness
  • Opens nasal passages, sinus congestion (particularly with green discharge), alleviates pain (especially in the head region)
  • Resolve wind-cold symptoms especially with headaches (yangming - ST), supraorbital pain, congestion
  • Useful for swollen gums and toothache
Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Avoid in Yin/Blood deficiency
  • Avoid in Heat in the Blood
Bo HeField 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
  • 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 XiongSzechuan 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
Dang GuiChinese Angelica Root
  • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
  • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
  • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
  • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.
Herbs That Tonify Blood
Du HuoAngelica Root
  • Dispels wind-cold-damp - bi syndromes, especially lower back and legs (acute/chronic).
  • Shao yin stage headache and toothache.
Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness
Fang FengLedebouriella 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
Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Avoid in Yin Deficiency - Empty Heat
  • Avoid in spasms from Blood Deficiency
Gao BenChinese Lovage Root, Ligusticum Root
  • Expels wind-cold, vertex headaches (teeth/jaw pain)
  • Dispels wind and dampness - useful for wind-cold-damp bi-syndromes and/or acute lower back pain from wind cold
  • Resolve dampness effecting stomach/spleen
Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
  • Avoid in Blood and/or Yin Deficiency
    Man Jing ZiVitex Fruit Seed
    • Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat especially with headache or eye pain.
    • Wind-heat in the liver channel - excessive tearing, red-painful-swollen eyes, floaters.
    • Drains damp, expels wind - supporting herb for stiff, numb, cramping, and/or heavy limbs.
    Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
    • Avoid in cases of Stomach Qi Deficiency.
    • Avoid in headaches or eye problems that arise from yin/blood deficient heat.
    Qiang HuoNotopterygium Root
    • Release exterior, disperse cold - useful with wind-cold and damp associated body/joint pain
    • Guiding herb for the GV and Tai Yang Channels
    Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold
    • Avoid in Blood and/or Yin Deficiency
    • Avoid with Exterior Deficiency
    Wang Bu Liu XingVaccaria Seeds
    • Invigorate blood and channels - upper body - promote lactation, lower body - unblocks menses, amenorrhea due to blood stasis.
    • Swelling - breast or testicular swellings with pain.
    Herbs That Invigorate Blood
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

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