What is the difference between Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 and Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸?

Being one of the best sellers of our store, we often get asked what the differences are between the two. Here are some crucial information to know before you buy one or the other.

Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸

Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 has the functions of soothing the liver and strengthening the spleen, nourishing blood and regulating menstruation, and is mainly used for depression and discomfort caused by liver depression and spleen deficiency, chest pain, dizziness, loss of appetite, and irregular menstruation tone embolism.


Medicinal Ingredients:

Bupleurum Chinese (Chinese Thoroughwax) Root...53.6mg

Angelica Sinensis (Chinese Angelica) Root...53.6mg

Paeonia Lactiflora (White Peony) Root...53.6mg

Atractylodes Macrocephala (White Atractylodes) Rhizome...53.6mg

Poria Cocos (Sclerotium)...53.6mg

Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice, Mel) Root...42.8mg

Mentha Haplocalyx (Mentha) Whole Plant...10.6mg 

Zingiber Officinale (Fresh Ginger) Rhizome...53.6mg

Non-Medicinal Ingredients:




Benefits and Efficacy:

Bupleurum soothes the liver and relieves stagnation; Angelica and white peony nourishes and harmonizes the blood, softens the liver and soothes the liver, nourishes and help prevent Bupleurum from robbing the liver of yin. Atractylodes, Poria, and roasted licorice invigorates the spleen and harmonizes the middle; peppermint is pungent and light, helps Bupleurum soothe the liver and dissipate heat; licorice reconciles the properties of this formula. All medicines are used in combination to sooth the liver and strengthen the spleen, nourish blood and regulate qi.

It is mainly used for irregular menstruation, hypochondriac pain, stagnation syndrome, low-grade fever, and breast agglomeration caused by liver depression, blood deficiency, and weak spleen; Lobular hyperplasia, cystic hyperplasia, dizziness, epigastric pain caused by stagnation of liver-qi and stagnation of liver-stomach; Gastroptosis, indigestion, Gastritis,  etc.

Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 has been proven to help with anxiety as well as chronic stress and depression as a result.




Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸

Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸 have the functions of soothing the liver, clearing heat, invigorating the spleen and nourishing blood. Based on the existing functions of Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸, the effects of clearing away heat has been added, and the dosage of angelica has been increased. It is mainly used for liver depression and blood deficiency. Liver and spleen disharmony, hypochondriac distending pain, dizziness, fatigue, lack of food, irregular menstruation, umbilical abdominal distension and pain, etc. It is more suitable for patients with spleen deficiency, lack of food, blood deficiency and liver stagnation and qi stagnation that turn heat over time.


Medicinal Ingredients:

Gardenia Jasminoides (Fruit) (Extractive rate 8.33:1, 62.51mg dried equivalent)…7.5mg

Paeonia Suffruticosa (Moutan Peony) (Bark of Root) (Extractive rate 1.14:1, 62.51mg dried equivalent)…55.0mg

Paeonia Lactiflora (White Peony) (Root) (Extractive rate 1.69:1, 41.66mg dried equivalent)…24.6mg

Atractylodes Macrocephala (White Atractylodes) (Rhizome) (Extractive rate 3.69:, 41.66mg dried equivalent)…11.3mg

Poria Cocos (Sclerotium) (Extractive rate 3.13:1, 41.66mg dried equivalent)…13.3mg

Angelica Sinensis (Chinese Angelica) (Root) (Extractive rate 3.33:1, 41.66mg dried equivalent)…12.5mg

Bupleurum Chinese (Thoroughwax) (Root) (Extractive rate 3.44:1, 41.66mg dried equivalent)…12.9mg

Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) (Root) (Extractive rate 1.11:1, 33.35mg dried equivalent)…30.0mg

Mentha Haplocalyx (Field Mint) (Whole Plant) (Extractive rate 2.78:1, 8.33mg dried equivalent)...2.0mg

Non-Medicinal Ingredients:

Corn Starch



Benefits and Efficacy:

Bupleurum in the prescription is bitter, pungent, and slightly cold, soothes the liver and regulates qi, clears the stagnant heat of the liver and gallbladder, and makes the liver qi well-regulated; Gardenia purifies the fire of the triple burner, conducts heat downward; Moutan bark/Mu Dan Pi is good at clearing the fire in the blood, cooling blood and dispelling stasis; Peppermint disperses stagnant qi and penetrates stagnation and heat in the liver meridian; White Peony root and angelica nourishes blood to benefit the liver body; All medicines are used in combination to play the functions of soothing the liver, clearing away heat, invigorating the spleen and nourishing blood.

Clinically proven, functional low-grade fever, chronic hepatitis, cholecystitis, peptic ulcer, neurological symptoms, insomnia, headache and dizziness, flank fullness, facial pimples, chloasma, hypochondriac pain, vertigo, irregular menstruation, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, etc,. For many diseases such as tinnitus, fundus hemorrhage, etc., -- those who belong to liver depression and blood deficiency, liver and spleen disharmony syndrome -- have different degrees of curative effect with Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸.  



The differences between Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 and

Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸


Difference 1: In terms of formula, Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸 is based on the formula of Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸, with the addition of Mu Dan Pi 牡丹皮 and Zhi Zi/Gardenia 栀子, so it is also similar to Dan Zhi Xiao Yao Pills 丹栀逍遥丸. Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸 also has a heavier concentration of Dang Gui (Angelica), resulting in having a bigger emphasis towards the blood-nourishing effect: In addition to soothing the liver and clearing away heat, it also has the effect of strengthening the spleen.

Difference 2: In terms of efficacy, Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 is a common prescription for harmonizing the liver and spleen in clinical practice. It is widely used in gynecological diseases. It can soothe the liver, nourish blood and relieve depression.

The "Jiawei 加味" of Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸 has the added effect of clearing liver heat, which can be used for patients with persistent or chronic hepatitis, patients with high transaminase and heat symptoms, as well as irregular menstruation, loss of appetite, and body fatigue. Those with spleen deficiency. It can also be used for the aftercare of cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, liver abscess and other hepatobiliary system diseases.

Difference 3: Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 are often used for those with no obvious cold and heat, while Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸 can be used appropriately for those with irregular menstruation and heat in the body. If the liver stagnation turns into fire, in addition to various discomforts, such as irregular menstruation, premenstrual depression, fullness of the chest and ribs, and even premenstrual headache, poor appetite, bloating, etc., there will also be more obvious heat. For example, if you have symptoms such as having a very red, upset, thirsty, hot hands and feet, or even night sweats, heavy and/or early menstruation, you need to take Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan 加味逍遥丸.



Knowledge Supplement:

Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 is not a medicine ONLY for women

Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 is not only just a gynecological drug for regulating menstruation, although its medicinal instructions state its effect of "nourishing blood and regulating menstruation". As long as the "syndrome" is the same, even different diseases can be treated with the same medicine, which is called "different diseases with the same treatment" in Chinese medicine. This is completely different from Western medicine in terms of disease classification and symptomatic medication, and it also reflects the flexibility of Chinese medicine.



Caution should be exercised when administering any medicine to pregnant women. Because Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 contain ingredients for promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis, it may cause abdominal pain and other discomforts, an extreme case would even cause miscarriage or premature delivery.

People with a cold should exercise caution as well. There are many types of colds, such as wind-cold cold, wind-heat cold, qi-deficiency cold, yin-deficiency cold, etc., and the pills will be effective only if it is correctly targeted. Wind-cold and wind-heat cold are not indications for Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸. For example, taking Xiao Yao Wan 逍遥丸 during wind-cold colds may bring too much yang into yin and aggravate the symptoms.

People with heavy menstruation should exercise caution as well. Although these two medications have the effect of regulating menstruation, it also has the effect of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis. For these people, it may cause adverse reactions such as increased menstrual flow or prolonged menstrual periods.


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