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Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San 川芎茶調散 - Ligusticum Chuanxiong Formula

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Liguisticum Powder to be Taken with Green Tea (HeadClarity™)

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Imperial Grace Formulary of the Tai Ping Era (1078 AD)

TCM Uses and Functions of CHAN XIONG CHA TIAO 

  • Headache
  • Frontal Headache
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Dispels Wind
  • Alleviates pain

CHUAN XIONG CHA TIAO formula Use and Indication:

  • indicated for external wind evils that have invaded and blocked the flow of energy in the head.  We know this as the common cold.
  • warming and dispersing, expelling wind from the head, and preventing the evil from penetrating the body.
  • can be useful for a variety of headaches, but should not be used for headaches due to deficiency or for headaches caused by rising Liver Yang, Liver Heat, or Liver Fire.


Hb. Menthae Haplocalycis Bo He 12%
Rz. Chuanxiong Chuan Xiong 12
Rx. Angelicae Dahuricae Bai Zhi 10
Rz. seu Rx. Notopterygii Qiang Huo 10
Hb. Asari Xi Xin 4
Rz. Cyperi Xiang Fu 10
Hb. Schizonepetae Jing Jie 12
Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng 10
Rx. Glycyrrhizae Preparata Zhi Gan Cao 10
Fol. Camelliae Lu Cha 10

*Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao works best when taken with green tea

Formula Dynamics of  CHUAN XIONG CHA TIAO San**

Bo He (Mint) disperses wind, clears heat and benefits the eyes.

Jing Jie opens the surface to allow Wind-Evil to be expelled

Chuan Xiong (Sichuan Lovage root), Bai Zhi (Dahurian Angelica root) and Qiang Huo (Notopterygium) further disperse wind and relieve headache. This combination enables Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian to relieving headaches from all channels of the head.disperses the surface to expel Wind-Evils.

Each works on a different area of the head: Chuan Xiong works on the temples and vertex, Bai Zhi works on the forehead, and Qiang Huo works on the occipital region. Chuan Xiong has been extensively studied for its effect on migraine headaches.

Gan Cao (Licorice root) harmonizes the formula and boosts its potency.

CHUAN XIONG CHA TIAO Safety & Side Effects

  • Use cautiously during pregnancy. 

    Pregnant or nursing women should consult their health care provider before taking any supplement.

  • Not used for headache from liver yang rising
  • Modify for headache from deficiencies of qi and/or blood

 TCM is powerful and reliable, but it can be complex. Self-diagnosis and self-treatment aren't usually recommended.  Best to start an online-herbal-consultation .

Dosage and Administration of CHUAN XIONG CHA TIAO

5 tablets taken 2-3 times a day, or as prescribed

2-4 grams, taken 2-3 times a day, or as prescribed, best on an empty stomach

Whole Herbs:
Add mint (BO HE) only during the last 3-5 minutes of boiling.

Using a container made of ceramic, glass, or stainless steel (no aluminum, iron or copper) boil 1 packet of herbs in 1-2-quarts (or liters) of water or until 2 cups of medicine remain. Adjust lid to keep too much water from evaporating. Strain herbs; save and refrigerate for a second boiling. Drink 1 cup in the AM. And 1 cup in the PM. If desired, repeat the following day, using the saved herbs from the refrigerator.  Add fresh mint for the second boiling.

Boiling times are averaged according to the composition of the formula. Flower and leaf will yield medicine in 5 -20 minutes. Branches cook for 10-30 minutes, roots take 20 to 40 minutes; Shells and minerals must cook for at least one hour. A few herbs, like mint or tangerine peel, must be quick-boiled for only 1-5 minutes to retain their volatile oils. These herbs are added separately to the boiling mixture just before completion.  Certain herbs, like powdered minerals and tree saps, are not boiled, but stirred into to the strained decoction.

* What’s the Difference Between, Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao PIAN, WAN, TANG, or SAN?

  • PIAN = Tablet (modern looking pill)
  • WAN = Pill (old-style or handmade pill, or black teapill)
  • TANG = Water Decoction (boiled whole herbs)
  • SAN = Powder (milled or granulated)

** Information on this page is for educational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your healthcare provider. These statements have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Tablets, Granules, or Whole Herbs (custom formulas are not refundable): 200 Tabs: HeadClarity™ - Guang Ci Tang