Yin Qiao Wan Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

Yin Qiao Wan Names

  • English Name: Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula
  • Pinyin Name: Yin Qiao Wan
  • Chinese Character: 银翘解丸

Yin Qiao Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chills, headache, desire for fluids, cough, sore throat.
  • Acute respitory infections, acute fever, tonsillitis, canker sores.

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Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications

  • May be combined with gan mao ling, or in some case gan mao ling is a better fit.

Clinician Notes

  • Do not use if cold signs are predominant -chills, thin clear mucus, aversion to wind and cold, etc.
  • With stronger cold signs arising from wind-cold/damp Jing Fang Bai Du Wan is likely more suitable.

Yin Qiao Wan Has 10 Ingredients

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

Dan Dou Chi

Dan Zhu Ye

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  • Lophatherum Stem and Leaves
    • Clears heat - heat patterns with irritability and thirst, mouth sores and swollen, painful gums due to heat in the heart or stomach channels.
    • Promotes urination and clears damp-heat - lin syndrome, especially for heat in the small intestine channel with above symptoms and dark red tip on the tongue.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

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.

Jie Geng

Jin Yin Hua

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

Lian Qiao

Niu Bang Zi

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  • Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium
    • Expels wind-heat (acrid), benefits throat - fever, cough, sore, red, swollen throat.
    • Clears heat (bitter, cold), relieves toxicity, vents rashes - red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, acute febrile rashes, early stages of measles with incomplete expression.
    • Moistens intestines (rich plant oil - slippery) - constipation due to wind-heat (cold nature of the herb).
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in qi deficiency, diarrhea, lack of excess heat.
    • Avoid when open sores and/or carbuncles are present.

Xian Lu Gen

  • Fresh Reed Rhizome
    • This is Lu Gen in its fresh form.  See the Lu Gen page for all indications.  
    • Xian Lu Gen is stronger in clearing heat, generating body fluids and promoting urination than the dried herb.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

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