Shuang Huang Lian Pian (Shuang Huang Lian Wan,
双黄连丸), literally "Lonicera, Scute & Forsythia Pills" in Chinese,
is a popular Chinese medicine that Chinese use as a natural alternative to antibiotic for viral infection
in colds and flu.†
What does it do?
Despite huge advances in biomedical research, effective treatments of the common cold or flu remain strikingly missing.
The common cold is so common that it is a leading cause for doctor visits and missed days from school and work.
The common cold medicines are not antiviral and just serve to relieve the cold symptoms.
Shuang Huang Lian Pian (Wan) is a modern herbal formula developed by Chinese doctors about 50 years ago to treat upper respiratory infections
due to colds or flu. The standard formulation consists of three herbs, Lonicera, Forsythia, and Scute (Scutellaria).
Lonicera (Jin Yin Hua or Shuang Hua) and Forsythia (Lian Qiao) are a famous pair of Chinese herbs that act together to relieve the exterior of the body
from pathogenic invasion, clear heat, and remove toxic substances as seen in
Cold Signoff™ (Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian).
Scute (Huang Qin) is a key Chinese herb for clearing heat and draining fire. It works the best when the heat is in the upper respiratory track
and the fire is in the lung. In laboratory studies, all three herbs are shown to inhibit the growth of a wide spectrum
of bacteria and viruses.†
Shuang Huang Lian Pian (Wan) is indicated in China Pharmacopoeia1 for relieving the exterior syndrome
with its pungent and cooling property, clearing away heat and toxic materials. It is used for fever, cough, and sore throat
caused by wind-heat type colds.†
In one randomized controlled study2, Shuang Huang Lian Pian was used to treat 136 patients who developed in the past 48 hours
the common cold of wind-heat type with symptoms shown as fever (less than 38.5℃), congestion, sore throat, and stuffy nose
between the age of 18 to 65. After 3 days of treatment, cold symptoms are either disappeared or significantly improved
in 90.5% of patients.†
Shuang Huang Lian Pian (Wan) produced by Guang Ci Tang is enhanced with
several additional medicinal herbs. In our experience, the expanded formula is more potent than the standard formula.
What is the formula composition?
A proprietary blend* of
Flos Lonicerae Japonicae
Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae
Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis
Radix Platycodi Grandiflori
Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
Rhizoma Coptidis Recens
Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii
Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
(Jin Yin Hua)
(Da Qing Ye)
(Man Jing Zi)
*Shuang Huang Lian Pian (Wan) is made of 100% pure authentic Chinese
herbs of highest qualities.
Traditional preparation procedures are combined with modern pharmaceutical processes to extract the active
ingredients from the herbs and to further concentrate them into pills or tablets. It is produced in the certified
GMP facilities of Shanghai TongHanChun Herbs Factory (Guang Ci Tang) and is imported to USA in accordance with the FDA guidelines.
What is Available?
One top Chinese herbs brand:
Guang Ci Tang (learn more):
40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets (pian) or 200 mg 200 pills (wan).
This item has been replaced by Zhong Gan Qing Pian, which has
an enhanced action.
How do I use it?
Take 5 to 7 pills or tablets three times daily as needed. The dose may be doubled at the acute
phase of infection.
For children, dose should be reduced accordingly to the weight.
Shuang Huang Lian Pian (Wan) is related to Cold Signoff™. Cold Signoff is most effective when it is used
at the first sign of a common cold. If the cold has passed the first stage, it is more effective to
Shuang Huang Lian Pian (Wan) has been safely used with few adverse effects when used as directed.
1. For best results, avoid oily, cold, and spicy food while taking the product.
2. For best results, avoid smoking and alcohol while taking the product.
3. For best results, avoid taking together with tonic Chinese herbs.
4. Not suitable for cold with chilly sensation.
5. Condition should be relieved within several days if the Chinese herb fits the concern.
6. Use the product as needed.
7. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you have chronic diseases like
hypertension and heart disease, diabetes, chronic liver or kidney disease.
8. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medicines.
9. Do not use the product if allergic reaction occurs.
10. Keep out of reach of children.
1. China Pharmacopoeia 2000.
2. Hu Guang-Lin et al., Randomized controlled study of Shuang Huang Lian Pian in treatment of the
wind-heat type common colds. Zhong Yi Yao Xue Kan. 2008, Issue 4.
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