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CHUAN XIONG CHA TIAO WAN PIAN | Extra Strength Version

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Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Pian)

Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Pian) Uses**

Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San is indicated when an external evil disrupts the flow of Qi energy in the head causing headache pain. This headache is experienced at the onset of a common cold.

Fever, chills, and nasal congestion may also be present. Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Pian expels  wind from the head, and prevents the condition from penetrating deeper into the body.

Besides headache from a cold, CHUAN XIONG CHA TIAO PIAN  may also be used for other headaches appearing on different parts of the head. 

There are actually 3 chief herbs in the formula. Chuan Xiong (Sichuan Lovage root) circulates blood and qi in the head and expels wind. Bai Zhi ( Angelica Dahurica) and Qiang Huo (Notopterygium) disperse and expel wind in the head to relieve headache. 

Each of these herbs acts on a different part of the head. Chuan Xiong works on the temples and top of the head. Bai Zhi works on the forehead and sinuses,  and Qiang Huo effects the occipital area in back of the head.

Jing Jie (Schizonepeta) and Fang Feng (Siler) assist to dispel wind and release the exterior. They also relieve pain. Gui Zhi (Cinnamon twig) warms the channels and also relieves pain. 

Finally, Gan Cao (licorice root) harmonizes the formula, potentiating the action of the other 7 herbs.

Traditionally, this formula is taken with green tea, which further acts to vitalize Qi, enhancing the overall effect of the formula.

Note that CHUAN XIONG CHA TIAO PIAN shouldn't be used for headaches cause by ascendant Liver Yang, or by deficiency of Qi or blood, and will likely be ineffective in treating these conditions.


Take 5 tablets 2-3 times a day, preferably on an empty stomach, or as prescribed.  Practitioners may increase dose as is appropriate.


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)
(Bai Zhi) 
(Qiang Huo)
(Gui Zhi)
(Fang Feng)
(Jing Jie)
(Bo He)
(Gan Cao)

*What’s the Difference Between, PIAN, WAN, TANG, SAN, SHUI and GAO?

  • 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)
  • SHUI = Tincture (extract with alcohol or other solvent)
  • GAO = Paste (topical unguent or plaster)

Traditional Chinese Medicine is powerful and reliable, but it can be complex. As TCM is not based on symptoms alone, self-diagnosis and self-treatment aren't recommended. Best to start a low cost online-herbal-consultation.


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

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