5 Surprising Health Benefits of Xiao Yao San

by Dr. Eric Karchmer, PhD, MD (China), LAc |

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Xiao Yao San

Xiao Yao San is a classic Chinese herbal formula that has been used for nearly 800 years to support a variety of health needs.  It is famous as Free and Easy Wanderer or, sometimes referred to as, "Rambling Powder". The formula is comprised of several herbs, including Bupleurum root, Dang Gui, White Peony root, Poria, and Licorice root, which are popular across the Traditional Chinese Medicine landscape and which offer benefits that can be transformative...much like Free & Easy Wanderer itself. 

Here are five benefits of Free & Easy Wander:

1. Reduces Stress and Anxiousness

Xiao Yao San is well-known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiousness. Bupleurum root, one of the key ingredients in the formula, has been found to have a calming effect on the nervous system. It helps to address the production of hormones that cause stress and nervousness. This herb also helps to improve mood and promote relaxation, making it an effective natural option for those dealing with stress and anxiousness.

2. Balances Hormones

Free & Easy Wanderer is also used to balance hormones in the body.  Dang Gui and White Peony root are two herbs in the formula that to some, have been shown to have "estrogen-like experiences" on the body.

These herbs can help to regulate menstrual cycles, reduce menstrual cramps, and alleviate PMS symptoms. Free & Easy Wanderer can also be helpful for women who need to support their hormones due to menopause.

3. Beyond Hormones: The Formula Can Aid Digestive Health

Demonstrating it's incredible versatility, Xiao Yao San can also support digestive health. Poria, one of the herbs in the formula, has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties. It can help to soothe the digestive tract and regulate inflammation in the gut.

Licorice root, another herb in the formula, has been shown to be beneficial in times of constipation, and in helping from an overall perspective in supporting good digestion.

4. A Better Night of Sleep 

The formula can also be helpful for those who need help sleeping. The formula helps to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can be especially beneficial for those who chronically need support sleeping. 

5. Last But Not Least: It Boosts the Immune System

Finally, Free & Easy Wander can also help to boost the immune system. Bupleurum root has been shown to have immune-boosting properties, helping to strengthen the body's defenses against infection and disease. The formula can be especially helpful during times of stress or when the immune system is weakened.

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Conclusively, Xiao Yao San is a robust traditional Chinese herbal formula providing amazing benefits for your health. From reducing stress and anxiousness to supporting digestive health and boosting the immune system, Xiao Yao San is a natural solution that can help to improve overall health and wellbeing. 

Dr. Eric Karchmer is a practicing Chinese medical doctor, medical anthropologist, and co-founder and Chief Doctor of Chinese Medicine for DAO Labs. From 1995-2000, Eric studied at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and today is both a licensed acupuncturist and professor at Appalachian State University. Eric can be reached at drkarchmer@mydaolabs.com.

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