What does it do?
Xiao Huo Luo Pian invigorates the blood, unblocks the channels, dispels wind and dampness and transforms phlegm to relieve numbness and/or chronic pain, including following a stroke (Zhong Feng or "wind stroke" in TCM). Xiao Huo Luo Pian is also particularly useful in relieving joint pain due to wind-cold-damp painful obstruction ("bi syndrome" in TCM). In both cases, symptoms are aggravated by cold and there is reduced range of motion. Frequently, these symptoms are most severe in the lower body.
The tongue is typically moist and white, reflecting interior cold. Since cold is the predominating pathogenic factor in such patterns, pain is usually the most prominent symptom although numbness is quite common as well. Xiao Huo Luo Pian is a warming formula and dispersing formula, therefore it is contraindicated in cases of Yin deficiency, weak constitution and pregnancy.
Today, Xiao Huo Luo Pian may be used for certain biomedically defined disorders such as hemiplegia (one-sided paralysis), rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis with the appropriate TCM pattern presentation.
Xiao Huo Luo Pian is an important classical formula for releasing wind, cold and dampness from the body and restoring proper physiological function to the channels.
Xiao Huo Luo Pian is composed of six herbal medicinals which powerfully warm the channels, dispel wind-cold-dampness and alleviate pain. The chief herbs are Zhi Chuan Wu (prepared mother root of common monkshood) and Zhi Cao Wu (prepared wild monkshood root). Chuan Wu and Cao Wu are among the most effective herbs in the Chinese materia medica for warming the channels and dispersing cold and dampness. Studies involving Chuan Wu have shown marked anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects which may be even stronger than aspirin.1
Dan Nan Xing (Arisaema pulvis) is a deputy herb in this formula whose primary functions are in dispelling wind and dissolving phlegm. Dan Nan Xing is cool in nature and somewhat mitigates the hot nature of the other herbs in the formula.
The two assistant herbs Mo Yao (Myrrh) and Ru Xiang (Boswellia resin) invigorate the blood, relieve pain and increase flow in the meridians. Both herbs have scientifically demonstrated analgesic effects.2 Finally, Di Long (earthworm) opens the channels and extinguishes wind. Di Long is frequently found in formulas which address Bi / painful-obstruction syndrome as it is extremely effective at unblocking the meridians.
Together, these six medicinal herbs form Xiao Huo Luo Pian and are profoundly effective at relieving pain and numbness in cases with the appropriate clinical presentation. This is a warming and dispersing formula and is therefore contraindicated in cases of Yin deficiency, conditions aggravated by heat and/or constitutional weakness.
What is the formula composition?
A proprietary blend of
| Arisaema Cum Bile |
Radix Aconiti Carmichaeli Praeparata
Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii Preparata
Resina Boswelliae Carterii
Resina Commiphorae Myrrhae
| (Dan Nan Xing) |
(Zhi Chuan Wu)
(Zhi Cao Wu)
What is Available?
Guang Ci Tang
® Xiao Huo Luo Pian (MeridianClear™) 20 grams in 200 mg 100 tablets @ 5:1 strength.
At a true 5:1 concentration, this product represents the most potent form of Xiao Huo Luo Pian (Dan/Wan) on the market. One tablet is equal to 1 gram of raw herb.
Please note that Guang Ci Tang® Xiao Huo Luo Wan in the pill form, which has the same formulation as the tablet, is discontinued.
Xiao Huo Luo 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.
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- Safely used in the USA since 1995
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How do I use it?
The standard dosage for MeridianClear™ is 2 tablets taken 2 times daily with or before meals on an average body weight of 110 lb. One bottle lasts users 25 days.
The dose may be increased proportionally on body weight. Consult your practitioner for precise dosage recommendations on this and other factors.
Differentiation in Usage
Xiao Huo Luo Pian contains herbs which are potentially toxic in high doses. Xiao Huo Luo Pian has been safely used with few adverse effects when taken as directed.
1. Not for use 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. Discontinue use if you experience numbness of the tongue, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, shortness of breath or other adverse reactions.
- 6. Xiao Huo Luo Pian is a warming and dispersing formula, therefore it is contraindicated in cases of Yin deficiency or weak constitution.
MeridianClear™ is gluten free
In the Media
- 1. Xian Dai Zhong Yao Yao Li Xue (Contemporary Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs), 1997; 425
- 2. Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 539:540