Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan Peony and Licorice Decoction - TCM Herbal Formula

Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan Names

  • English Name: Peony and Licorice Decoction
  • Pinyin Name: Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan
  • Chinese Character: 芍藥甘草丸

Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Cramping and/or muscle spasms that are due to fluid deficiency.
  • Frozen shoulder, trigger finger.
  • General tightness or cramps especially along the tendons or ligaments.
  • Restless leg syndrome for patients who present with yin and blood deficiency as the primary cause.

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Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications

Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan Has 2 Ingredients

Bai Shao

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  • White Peony Root
    • Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang).
    • Calms liver yang, alleviates pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen due to liver yang rising - cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
    • Preserves yin, adjusts ying and wei levels - vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea, exterior wind-cold from deficiency with continuous sweating, spontaneous sweating, night sweats.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.

Zhi Gan Cao

  • Honey Fried Licorice Root
    • This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the heart and spleen along with its general harmonizing function within formulas.  See Gan Cao for complete information.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

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