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Bo He

Deputy/ Chief (depends on text)

Chuan Xiong, Bai Zhi, Qiang Huo


Xi XIn, Jing Jie, Fang Feng


Zhi Gan Cao


Disperses wind from exterior
Benefits the head (esp. eyes)
Clears heat from constraint
(some texts call this the chief herb)

Bo He

Alleviates Shao Yang & Jue Yin H.A. (temporal and Vertex H.A.)

Chuan Xiong

Alleviates Yang Ming H.A. (frontal)

Bai Zhi

Alleviates Tai Yang H.A. ( occipital)

Qiang Huo

Scatters cold
Alleviates pain
Treats Shao Yin H.A. (oribital)

Xi Xin

Disperse wind/ relieve H.A.

Chuan Xiong, Bai Zhi, Xi Xin

Alleviates general body aches

Fang Feng

Frequently used combination that disperses wind from exterior and channels

Fang Feng & Jing Jie

Detoxifies and harmonizes actions of other herbs

Zhi Gan Cao

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