TCM Formula for Flu Season

Minor Blue Dragon Combination (Xiao Qing Long Tang)        

Minor Blue Dragon Combination (Xiao Qing Long Tang) is a classic traditional Chinese herbal formula which originated from Shang Han Lun ( Treatise on Febrile Diseases, 206 ). This formula is used for both acute surface conditions and chronic disorders, both of which require a warming action. It is the top and most important formula listed in Shang Han Lun for treating allergic rhinitis, it is also the first choice for treating asthma in children in Japan.

Daily dosage of 7.5 grams of final product contain the following ingredients:

English Name Pharmaceutical Name Pin-Yin Name Amount (g)
Cinnamon Twigs Ramulus Cinnamomi Gui Zhi 4.0
Ephedra Herba Ephedrae Ma Huang 4.0
Schisandra Fruit Fructus Schisandrae chinensis Wu Wei Zi 1.5
White Peony Radix Paeoniae alba Bai Shao Yao 4.0
Asarum Radix Asari Xi Xin 1.5
Dried Ginger Rhizoma Zingiberis Gan Jiang 4.0
Pinellia Rhizoma Pinelliae praeparatum Ban Xia 4.0
Baked Licorice Radix Glycyrrhizae praeparata cum melle Zhi Gan Cao 4.0


Relieves exterior wind-cold, warms the body, expels damp, prevents coughing and asthma.


Traditional: Exterior wind-cold with damp retention, intragastric water stagnancy;  chills,  fever, aversion to cold, anhidrosis, body ache, vomiting, no sweating, no thirst, asthmatic cough or labored breathing, cough with watery and frothy sputum, decreased urine output, occasional chills in the back, facial and extremities edema.

Modern: Common cold, influenza, bronchial or humoral strider, chills,  fever, no sweating, no thirst, running nose, sinus, heavy head, headache, allergic rhinitis, whooping cough, pulmonary asthma, cough with phlegm, asthma, bronchitis, bronchiectasia, pleuritis, heart failure, infantile acute nephritis, edema due to early nephritis, swelling due to common cold accompanied by cough.


Use with caution in cases with hypertension. This formula should not be used long-term, nor for conditions with heat, coughing of blood, coughing due to yin deficiency.

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