Xiāo Yáo Sǎn (Rambling Powder)

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Xiāo Yáo San, translated as “Rambling Powder,” is one of the most widely used formulas in Chinese medicine. It gently harmonizes the Spleen and Liver and treats a wide variety of modern conditions. But is it always the best choice? Is it over-used by practitioners? Or is it the “wonder” formula? Let’s find out!

Each week an exciting new episode of the Sperb’s Herbs, Chinese Formulas podcast is recorded. Each episode covers another amazing Chinese herbal formula and will go into great depth about it. Besides covering the basics of the formula including category, and functions of both the formula and the individual herbs in the formula, we will explore the history, science, pharmacology, evidence, and any potential interactions of each formula. And then there is always something a little quirky about an episode. Whether that is a unique story or an interesting perspective, there will always be something different to learn about episode’s formula.

Course Goals

A listener will be able to:

  1. Comprehend basic Chinese and bio- medical information about Xiao Yao San
  2. Converse about the current scientific evidence about the uses, dangers, and effectiveness of Xiao Yao San
  3. Understand the history of Xiao Yao San, especially in the context of the Chinese classics
  4. Understand and prevent any potential drug-herb interactions