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Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Minor Bupleurum Combination Granules | 小柴胡湯
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Ingredients: Bupleurum root (chai hu), Asian ginseng root (ren shen), Pinellia rhizome (zhi ban xia), Chinese skullcap root (huang qin), Ginger fresh rhizome (sheng jiang), Chinese licorice root & rhizome (zhi gan cao), Jujube fruit (da zao).

Mandarin: 小柴胡湯
Pin-Yin: Xiao Chai Hu Tang
English: Minor Bupleurum Combination
Romaji: Sho Saiko* To
Kanji: 小柴胡湯
Kampo: Yes



  • Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

How it works:

  • Harmonizes the shaoyang
  • Soothes the liver
  • Clears the gallbladder

Clinical Applications:

  • Shaoyang pattern
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Hardness beneath the heart
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and poor appetite
  • White coating on the tongue

About 2000 years ago, this formula of Xiao Chai Hu Tang was originally used to treat fluctuating symptoms of heat and cold, however, it is mostly used to treat liver and gallbladder disfunction today by harmonizing the shaoyang, soothing the liver, and clearing the gallbladder.

English Name

Pin-Yin Name


Chai Hu

Pinellia Rhizome

Zhi Ban Xia


Huang Qin


Ren Shen

Baked Licorice

Zhi Gan Cao

Fresh Ginger

Sheng Jiang


Da Zao


Main Ingredient(s):

In this formula, Bupleurum resolves shaoyang disorders, reduces fever, relieves stagnation, and spreads liver Qi.

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