What does it do?
From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San formula is indicated for conditions in which external pathogenic wind has disrupted the flow of Qi energy in the channels or meridians and thus obstructs the clear Yang Qi and causes pain. This syndrome closely resembles what is often referred to as the common cold. Fever, chills, nasal congestion and/or dizziness may also be present along with a predominant headache. Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian has both warming and dispersing actions, which effectively drives wind from the head, clears heat, relieves ache and prevents the condition from penetrating deeper into the body.
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian may also be used for certain biomedically defined conditions such as migraine, tension headache, rhinitis, upper respiratory tract infection in which headache is a prominent symptom, acute or chronic sinusitis or neurogenic headache.†
Although Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian may be used for a wide variety of headaches, it should not be used in cases which arise from hyperascendant Liver Yang or from an overall deficiency of Qi (energy) or blood. Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian is most appropriate in cases of acute headache which present with signs of external wind invasion which include a thin, white tongue coating, superficial pulse and fever and/or chills due to exogenous pathogenic wind. Traditionally, this formula is to be taken with green tea.
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian is an elegant formula composed of 8 medicinal herbs. Here, a large dose of Bo He (Mint) acts as the chief herb to disperse wind, clear heat and benefit the eyes. Chuan Xiong (Sichuan Lovage root), Bai Zhi (Dahurian Angelica root) and Qiang Huo (Notopterygium) act together as deputies to further disperse wind and relieve headache. This combination of deputy herbs reveals the mechanism by which Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian is effective at relieving headache from any part of the head. Each of these 3 medicinals clears pain from a different area of the head, based on the meridian(s) each herb acts upon and the corresponding location of those meridians on the head: Chuan Xiong works on the temples and vertex (lesser Yang and terminal Yin). Bai Zhi works on the forehead (Yang brightness) and Qiang Huo works on the occipital region (greater Yang). Chuan Xiong is one of the most essential herbs in the Chinese pharmacopeia for the treatment of headache, and is particularly effective when used in combination with Bai Zhi as it is here. Chuan Xiong has been extensively studied for its effect on the circulatory system in relation to migraine headache, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.1
Jing Jie (Schizonepeta) and Fang Feng (Siler) are an important Chinese herb pair used to dispel wind and release the exterior. Both herbs also relieve pain and body aches. Gui Zhi (Cinnamon) is added to the formula to further clear and warm the channels and relieve pain. Gui Zhi also has antibacterial and antiviral effects.
Gan Cao (licorice root) harmonizes the actions of the other 7 herbs. Traditionally, this herbal formula is taken with green tea which clears heat and thereby moderates the warming and drying nature of the formula.
What is the formula composition?
A proprietary blend of
| Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong |
Radix Angelicae Dahuricae
Rhizoma Seu Radix Notopterygii
Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Radix Saposhnikoviae Divaricatae
Herba Schizonepetae Tenuifoliae
Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
| (Chuan Xiong) |
What is Available?
Guang Ci Tang
® Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian (HeadClarity™) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets @ 5:1 strength.
At a true 5:1 concentration, this product represents the most potent form of Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian (San/Wan) on the market. One tablet is equal to 1 gram of raw herb.
Please note that Guang Ci Tang® Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan in the pill form, which has the same formulation as the tablet, is discontinued.
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian
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How do I use it?
The standard dosage for HeadClarity™ is 5 tablets taken 2 to 3 times daily with or before meals. One bottle lasts users 2 to 3 weeks.
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.
Differentiation in Usage
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian is often used for headache caused by common cold or flu and used in conjunction with other herbal cold remedies
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian (Wan) has been safely used with few adverse effects when it is used as directed.
- 1. Use with caution during pregnancy.
- 2. Not recommended for headache due to hyperascendant Liver Yang, deficiency of Qi or blood.
- 3. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you have any chronic disease.
- 4. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medications.
- 5. Keep out of reach of children.
- 6. Discontinue use if allergic reaction occurs.
HeadClarity™ is gluten free
In the Media
- 1. Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1989; 535:539