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Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang

Peony & Licorice Combination Granules | 芍藥甘草湯
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Ingredients: Chinese peony root without bark (shao yao), Chinese licorice root & rhizome (gan cao).

Mandarin: 芍藥甘草湯
Pin-Yin: Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang
English: Peony & Licorice Combination
Romaji: Shakuyaku Kanzo To
Kanji: 芍薬甘草湯
Kampo: No



  • Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

How it works:

  • Nourishes Blood
  • Preserves yin
  • Alleviates pain


Clinical Applications:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle cramps, tightness, and spasms
  • No tongue coating

Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang is an ancient formula developed about 2000 years ago by one of the most renowned physicians of that time, Zhang Zhongjing to treat disorders caused by cold. It is used today to help alleviate muscle pains by nourishing blood and enriching yin.

English Name

Pin-Yin Name

White Peony

Bai Shao

Baked Licorice

Zhi Gan Cao


Main Ingredient(s):

In this formula, White Peony nourishes the blood, preserves yin, and softens the liver while Baked Licorice tonifies and augments the qi of the middle jiao. Together they harmonize the liver and spleen.

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