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Shaoyao Tang


Peony Decoction

  1. 芍药汤
  2. 芍藥湯

The Prescription of Shaoyao Tang


The book Yi Xue Liu Shu



Bai Shao: The principal drug, being bitter and sour in flavor and slightly cold in nature, regulating Ying and blood, treating dysentery and relieving pain.

Huang Lian, Huang Qin and Da Huang: Removing heat and toxic material.

Dang Gui and Rou Gui: Regulating Ying and promoting the circulation of blood.

Mu Xiang and Bing Lang: Resolving stasis and regulating Qi.

Gan Cao: Removing heat and toxic material, coordinating the actions of all the other ingredients, getting together with Bai Shao to relieve spasm and pain.

The Effect of Shaoyao Tang


Regulating Qi and blood, removing heat and toxic material.


Syndrome due to damp-heat accumulated in the intestines and leading to stagnation of Qi, marked by abdominal pain, pus and blood stools, rectal tenesmus, calor of anus, scanty dark urine, yellowish greasy tongue coating, and slippery rapid pulse, including such diseases with the above symptoms as bacillary dysentery, amebic dysentery, allergic enteritis and acute enteritis.


Decocted in water foe oral dose to be taken twice (Taken originally in the form of powder)