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What Is Xiao Yao Wan?

Deanna Baranyi
Updated May 17, 2024
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Xiao Yao Wan is an herbal mixture that is also called the "Rambling powder pill" or the "Free and Easy Wanderer." It has been used for approximately 1,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. Xiao Yao Wan is made up of a variety of herbs, such as ginger root and Chinese peony root. Each herb is designed to provide a benefit to the user, such as to reduce stress, relieve discomfort during a woman’s pre-menstrual and menstrual cycle, and help the spleen and liver.

Each manufacturer follows a similar formulation when developing Xiao Yao Wan; the herbs, however, may differ slightly, depending on the manufacturer. Some of the main herbs include Buplerurum root, Chinese angelic root, white peony root, Tuckahoe mushrooms, ginger root, licorice root, and wild mint. Each ingredient is natural, making it a relatively safe choice when treating certain disorders, such as pre-menstrual syndrome.

As such a wide range of herbs are used in the manufacture of Xiao Yao Wan, it is often used to treat a wide range of ailments. Some people use it simply as a stress reliever or to calm an anxious mind. Others use it to reduce the symptoms of the pre-menstrual and menstrual cycle, such as cramping, bloating, and anxiety. In addition, it is believed to regulate the flow of energy through the body. Some people also use it to revitalize the blood, aid in liver function, and make the spleen stronger.

Xiao Yao Wan is also believed to reduce nodules on the breast tissue and relax sore muscles. It is often recommended to help with circulation as well. Certain herbs in the formulation even work as a digestive aide, helping people with upset stomachs or indigestion.

Although the herb concoction is believed to be a safe, natural alternative to harsh pharmaceutical drugs, a skilled herbalist or a medical doctor should be consulted before using it. Specifically, a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding should seek a doctor’s opinion before using this or any other herbal remedy. In addition, there are some reports that it should not be used when a person initially becomes sick, but it is often recommended for later stages of illness. Anyone with liver or spleen illnesses should consult a doctor before using this remedy as well.

People looking to purchase Xiao Yao Wan should find a quality herbalist. In the alternative, it can be purchased online through Internet websites. It typically comes formulated as a pill, and the herbs are often held together with honey, making it a poor choice for anyone with a honey allergy.

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Deanna Baranyi
By Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her work. With degrees in relevant fields and a keen ability to understand and connect with target audiences, she crafts compelling copy, articles, and content that inform and engage readers.
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Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her...
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