Dehydrationaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Thirst and Hydration

Root Causes of Dehydration in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Dehydration according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • Body Fluids Deficiency
Detailed description of the cause

Body Fluids Deficiency

In TCM a deficiency of body fluids indicates an imbalance where the body lacks sufficient Yin fluids, which are crucial for lubrication and nourishment. This condition often results from prolonged illness, overexertion, or consuming too many drying or heating foods. Symptoms of body fluid deficiency can include dryness in the skin, eyes, mouth, and throat, as well as a dry cough, constipation, and a feeling of thirst. Additionally, there might be more subtle signs like a dry tongue, a thin pulse, and a general sense of fatigue or weakness. This pattern of disharmony reflects an underlying insufficiency in the body's ability to generate and maintain essential fluids, which are vital for the proper functioning of organs and systems.... see more

Body Fluids Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Dehydration

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Body Fluids Deficiency Dehydration, Skin dryness, Dry mouth, Dry nose, Dry cough, Dry lips, Dry tongue, Dry throat, Dry stools... see more Xing Su San | Bai He Gu Jin Tang | Zeng Ye Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Dehydration

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address dehydration, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Body Fluids Deficiency
  • Formulas that disperse dryness and moisten
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness

All Formulas Recommended for Dehydration Caused by Body Fluids Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xing Su San Body Fluids Deficiency
Bai He Gu Jin Tang Body Fluids Deficiency
Zeng Ye Tang Body Fluids Deficiency

TCM Herbs for Dehydration

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address dehydration, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that cool the blood
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Tonic herbs for yin deficiency
  • Tonic herbs for blood deficiency

"Herbs that cool the Blood" recommended for dehydration

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) Bai He Gu Jin Tang
Ningpo Figwort Roots (Xuan Shen) Zeng Ye Tang