Xiao Chai Hu Pian (Xiao Chai Hu Wan, Xiao Chai Hu Tang, Bupleuri Relaxe™,
小柴胡片) is one of the most famous Chinese herbal formulas
since the ancient time. Its harmonizing property has found broad applications ranging from a bitter taste in the mouth, chest fullness, to
common cold, hepatitis etc.
What does it do?
The pattern of conditions Xiao Chai Hu Tang deals with is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as Shao Yang Syndrome
or Lesser Yang Stage disorder. Traditionally, this means that an external pathogen has penetrated the body (such as a cold or flu)
but was not released properly or completely. The pathogen then sinks deeper into the body, becoming stuck in the level described as
in-between the interior and exterior energetic systems. According to TCM, this “half-interior, half-exterior” level corresponds
primarily with the Gall Bladder and Liver organs/meridians. Typical presentations of this pattern include alternating fever and chills,
chest and rib-sides fullness and discomfort, a bitter taste in the mouth and dry throat, reduced appetite, nausea, vomiting, and irritability.
Many of the above signs indeed reflect disharmony of the Liver and Gall Bladder systems. Today,
Xiao Chai Hu Tang is often used for diverse biomedical conditions as hepatitis, jaundice, common cold, and cholecystitis as
they fit into the TCM pattern.
Modern scientific study of Xiao Chai Hu Tang reflects this Liver/Gall Bladder connection as well. Xiao Chai Hu Tang
has been studied for its hepatoprotective (Liver protection) and antioxidative effects.1
Recent research on the chief herb in this formula, Chai Hu (Bupleurum) has shown promise for the treatment of Liver cancer.2
Xiao Chai Hu Tang consists of seven herbs. The chief Chinese herb, Chai Hu
(Bupleurum) is an important herb for treating irritability due to Liver Qi stagnation. Chai Hu is cooling and soothes the Liver
with an ascending action that prevents the pathogen from penetrating further into the interior. Here, Chai Hu is combined with
Huang Qin (Scutellaria) which aids in draining heat from the Liver and
Gall Bladder system and vents pathogenic influences. Together, these two herbs have a powerful calming effect.
Zhi Ban Xia (prepared Pinellia) and
Sheng Jiang (Ginger) work together to harmonize the middle burner
(Spleen/Stomach) by transforming phlegm, directing rebellious Qi downward, stopping nausea and improving appetite.
Dang Shen (Codonopsis) is a powerful Qi and Blood tonic that
assists in expelling pathogenic influences by restoring the body’s own constitutional strength and ability to ward off pathogens.
Da Zao (Jujube) and
Gan Cao (Licorice) harmonize the bitter properties of some of
the other medicinals in the formula and also mildly assist Chai Hu.
Together, these seven herbs have a remarkable synergistic effect that can be applied to a wide range of clinical presentations.
What is the formula composition?
A proprietary blend of
Radix Bupleuri Chinensis
Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae
Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae
Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens
(Zhi Ban Xia)
What is Available?
Guang Ci Tang® Xiao Chai Hu Pian
(Bupleuri Relaxe™) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets @ 5:1 strength.
Guang Ci Tang® Xiao Chai Hu Wan (Bupleuri Relaxe™) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 pills @ 5:1 strength.
At a true 5:1 concentration, both products represent the most potent form of Xiao Chai Hu Pian (Wan/Tang) on the market. One tablet or
pill is equal to 1 gram of raw herb. Tablets and pills have the same formulation.
Xiao Chai Hu Pian
tablets are made with 100% natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency.
A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested efficacy of the formula,
and this water decoction is concentrated with our proprietary technology to form a potent extract that is made into easily absorbed tablets,
which are remarkably effective, easy to use, and safe.
The tablets are produced by Guang Ci Tang® in our state of the art cGMP-certified facility
and imported in accordance with U.S. FDA guidelines. When you choose Guang Ci Tang® products, you are taking advantage of a
wonderful fusion of
science and tradition that incorporates the highest standards in the field of Chinese medicine today.
How do I use it?
The standard dosage for Bupleuri Relaxe™ is 5 tablets taken 2 to 3 times daily with or before meals. One bottle lasts 13 to 20 days.
The dose may be doubled for a quicker and stronger response as needed (e. g., in an acute phase).
Consult your practitioner for precise dosage recommendations based on body weight and other factors.
Bupleuri Relaxe™ has a mild action and therefore it usually takes time before its effects become apparent. It may take one month or more before symptoms begin to improve.
An initial course of treatment is suggested as 6 bottles taken at the full dose.
Differentiation in Usage
Xiao Chai Hu Wan (Pian) has been safely used with few adverse effects.
1. Not to be used during pregnancy.
2. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medications or receiving other medical treatments.
3. Discontinue use if allergic reaction occurs.
4. Keep out of reach of children.
5. Avoid oily, spicy food while taking the product.
6. Consult your physician if you have heart, kidney or liver disease such as hypertension or diabetes.
1. Ching-Yi Wu et al. Hepatoprotective and Antioxidative Properties of Chinese Herbal Medicine Xiao-Chai-Hu-Tang Formulated
with Bupleurum on Carbon Tetrachloride-lnduced Acute Hepatotoxicity in Rats. Journal of Food & Drug Analysis. Dec 2010,
Vol. 18 Issue 6, p425-433.
2. Su Jin Kang etal. Effect of Bupleuri Radix Extracts on the Toxicity of 5-Fluorouracil in HepG2 Hepatoma Cells and Normal
Human Lymphocytes. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology. Oct2008, Vol. 103 Issue 4, p305-313.
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