In Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine this is one of the most important and popular herbal formulas. It is used to treat a wide-range of disorders centered on harmonizing the body in what is termed Shao Yang Disorders.
Most Shao yang disorders when treated properly resolve within one month. It has been used long term in U.S. clinical trials in the treatment of liver cancers with notable results. These trials may be researched online PubMed.com searching
Cautions and Contraindications
Interferon: Concurrent use may increase the risk of interstitial pneumonitis.
Sho-saiko-to and SST are contraindicated for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Sho-saiko-to and SST are not recommended for patients who are both diagnosed with cirrhosis and have a platelet count below 100,000. In these cases, careful consideration by, and close supervision of, a physician to proceed with Sho-saiko-to or SST is strongly advised.
Additional Cautions: sensitive to Bupleurum, glycyrrhizin but not enough to cause concern on its own. potential side effect of hypertension by glycyrrhizin happens only when the daily dosage of it is over 100 mg. When taken as directed, the amount of glycyrrhizin in Sho-saiko-to and SST is between 24.7 to 46.0 mg per day, which is well below the caution level.
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