Pain and Healing Formula
Gan Cao – Licorice root – Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
Bai Shao Yao – white peony root – Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chaun Lian Zi – Sichuan pagoda tree/chinaberry fruit – Fructus Meliae Toosendan
Yan Hu Suo – corydalis rhizome – Rhizoma Corydalis Yanhusuo
San Qi – notoginseng/pseudoginseng root – Radix Notoginseng
Pain is such a common complaint. In TCM you can have pain for all sorts of reasons, Deficiency, excess, hot, cold, Qi stagnation, Blood stasis, Yang rising etc..
I know your teachers would want you to diagnosis the pattern specifically before you treat it, and they are correct. However, it is nice to have a formula that you can use for all kinds of pain, like a herbal “Acetamenophen”.
I think I found the thing.
I use the sweet flavor of Gan Cao to moderate the pain. Bai Shao Yao to soften the pain, Chuan Lian Zi and Yan Hu Suo to move Qi and Blood and because they treat pain specifically. Of course, San Qi moves Blood and Stops Bleeding at the same time and is wonderful to use with the combo of injuries and pain.
Here we have a formula that can treat everything from headaches to injury pain to menstrual cramps.
Of course if there is Deficiency, Cold, Heat etc. at the root you will have to combine the Pain formula with a formula to treat that pattern as well. But it is nice to have something for the just the pain and generally healing!!
Do not use in Pregnancy, use the Pregnancy Pain formula instead.
In rare cases can cause nausea, vomit, dizziness. Discontinue use and symptoms should stop.
San Qi Moves Blood and stops bleeding. Although there is no documented interactions that I could find, theoretically it could affect or potentiate anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications.