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.
| 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) |
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.
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