Symptom families: Lip Symptoms, Oral Dryness

Root Causes of Dry Lips in TCM

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

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Body Fluids Deficiency
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Stomach
  • Spleen
Detailed description of the cause

Blood Deficiency

Blood Deficiency in TCM is like when your body's tank runs low on the vital energy that blood provides. It's not exactly the same as anemia in modern medicine, which is about having too few red blood cells. Instead, Blood Deficiency in TCM is about your body not having enough of the life-giving qualities that blood brings, like nourishment and moisture. This can make you feel tired, look pale, and even feel dizzy or have blurry vision. It's like a garden not getting enough water to stay lush and vibrant. TCM sees this as an imbalance where the body isn't being nourished as it should be, impacting overall health and well-being.... see more

Blood Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Dry Lips

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Scanty Menstruation Amenorrhea Pale Lips Poor Memory Insomnia Tingling Blurry Vision

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Blood Deficiency Dry lips, Dizziness, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Dull shallow face, Pale lips, Poor memory, Insomnia... see more Si Wu Tang | Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang
Qi and Blood Deficiency Dry lips, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Weak voice, Pale face, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Dizziness, Poor memory, Insomnia, Reluctance to speak, Lack of appetite, Limb numbness, Skin numbness... see more Gui Pi Tang | Ba Zhen Tang | Guo Qi Yin | Zhi Gan Cao Tang
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 Dry Lips

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

Qi Deficiency in TCM is like running low on battery power. Qi is the vital energy that powers every function in your body. When there's a Qi Deficiency, it means your body doesn't have enough of this essential energy. This can make you feel tired all the time, weak, or even cause shortness of breath. It's similar to how you feel when you haven't had enough sleep or nutritious food. Your body just doesn't have the energy it needs to perform at its best. Unlike modern medicine, which often focuses on specific physical causes for fatigue and weakness, TCM views Qi Deficiency as an overall energy depletion that affects your entire well-being, and it seeks to replenish and balance this vital energy.... see more

Qi Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Dry Lips

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi and Blood Deficiency Dry lips, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Weak voice, Pale face, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Dizziness, Poor memory, Insomnia, Reluctance to speak, Lack of appetite, Limb numbness, Skin numbness... see more Gui Pi Tang | Ba Zhen Tang | Guo Qi Yin | Zhi Gan Cao Tang
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Yin Deficiency

Yin deficiency in TCM is a pattern of disharmony characterized by a depletion of the body's Yin energy, which represents the cooling, moistening, and nurturing aspects of our physiology. This condition often arises from factors like chronic stress, overwork, insufficient rest, or prolonged illness. Symptoms of Yin deficiency can include a sensation of heat, especially in the afternoon or evening, night sweats, insomnia, a dry mouth or throat, and a red tongue with little coating. There might also be a general feeling of restlessness or irritability. Since Yin is essential for balancing the body's active and warm Yang energy, its deficiency leads to a relative excess of Yang, manifesting as heat or dryness symptoms.... see more

Yin Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Dry Lips

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Dry lips, Lack of appetite, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry stools, Nausea, Generalized fatigue, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
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Stomach

In TCM the Stomach is regarded as the "sea of nourishment," pivotal for digesting food and transforming it into Qi and blood. It works closely with the Spleen to distribute these essential nutrients throughout the body. When the Stomach is out of balance or malfunctions in TCM, it often leads to digestive problems such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, or a feeling of fullness. There may also be issues like acid reflux or a sour taste in the mouth. Emotionally, an imbalanced Stomach can contribute to excessive worry and overthinking, reflecting the TCM belief that physical and emotional well-being are deeply interconnected.... see more

Stomach Patterns That Can Lead to Dry Lips

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Dry lips, Lack of appetite, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry stools, Nausea, Generalized fatigue, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
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Spleen

In TCM the Spleen plays a vital role in digestion and transformation, converting food into energy and nutrients, and overseeing the distribution of Qi and Blood. It's also crucial in maintaining the health of muscles and limbs and ensuring the blood remains within the vessels. When the Spleen malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a variety of issues such as digestive disorders, fatigue, weak muscles, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness. It can also cause a pale complexion, poor appetite, and a tendency to bruise easily. Emotionally, a Spleen imbalance is often associated with excessive worry or overthinking, reflecting its role in the interplay between physical and mental health.... see more

Spleen Patterns That Can Lead to Dry Lips

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Dry lips, Lack of appetite, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry stools, Nausea, Generalized fatigue, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San

TCM Herbal Formulas for Dry Lips

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

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Body Fluids Deficiency
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Formulas that tonify blood
  • Formulas that tonify qi and blood
  • Formulas that disperse dryness and moisten
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness
  • Formulas that tonify qi

All Formulas Recommended for Dry Lips Caused by Blood Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Si Wu Tang Blood Deficiency
Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang Blood Deficiency
Gui Pi Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Ba Zhen Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Guo Qi Yin Qi and Blood Deficiency
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Dry Lips 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

All Formulas Recommended for Dry Lips Caused by Qi Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Gui Pi Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Ba Zhen Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Guo Qi Yin Qi and Blood Deficiency
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify blood" recommended for dry lips

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Si Wu Tang Blood Deficiency
Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang Blood Deficiency
Guo Qi Yin Qi and Blood Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify qi and blood" recommended for dry lips

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Gui Pi Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Ba Zhen Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency

Acupoints for Dry Lips

Explore below some acupoints used to address dry lips, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Stomach Channel
  • Triple Burner Channel
Lidui ST-45

Lidui ST-45

On the lateral side of the 2nd toe, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of nail.

Waiguan TB-5

Waiguan TB-5

2 cun above Yangchi TB-4 at the dorsal wrist joint space, between the radius and ulna.