Impaired Consciousnessaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Loss of Consciousness

Root Causes of Impaired Consciousness in TCM

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

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Mind Disturbance
  • Heat
  • Pericardium
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Mind Disturbance

In TCM "Shen" refers to the mind or spirit, and a Shen disturbance is a pattern of disharmony that affects the mental and emotional state. This concept reflects the TCM belief in the deep interconnectedness of mind and body. Symptoms of Shen disturbance can vary widely but often include anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, confusion, or in severe cases, hallucinations or delirium. These symptoms indicate an imbalance in the body's energies affecting the heart, which in TCM is not only the center of blood circulation but also the seat of the mind and consciousness. The root of Shen disturbance can be traced to various factors, including emotional stress, physical illness, or an imbalance in fundamental substances like Qi, Yin, or Yang.... see more

Mind Disturbance Patterns That Can Lead to Impaired Consciousness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heat invading the Pericardium Impaired consciousness, Fever, Irritability, Restlessness, Feeling of uneasiness, Incoherent or confused speech, Viral encephalitis, Meningitis, Pertussis, Measles induced pneumonia, Aphthous stomatitis... see more Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan
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Heat

In TCM "Heat" signifies an excess of Yang energy, leading to an imbalance where heat predominates over the body's cool Yin aspects. This condition is metaphorically akin to an internal over-heating. Symptoms indicative of Heat can include feelings of warmth, fever, sweating, irritability, red face, thirst with a preference for cold drinks, and a rapid pulse. The tongue may appear red with a yellow coating. Unlike the common interpretation of heat in terms of temperature, in TCM, it represents a state of hyperactivity or inflammation in the body.... see more

Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Impaired Consciousness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heat invading the Pericardium Impaired consciousness, Fever, Irritability, Restlessness, Feeling of uneasiness, Incoherent or confused speech, Viral encephalitis, Meningitis, Pertussis, Measles induced pneumonia, Aphthous stomatitis... see more Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan
Detailed description of the cause

Pericardium

In TCM the Pericardium is more than a physical membrane protecting the heart; it's considered an organ system that acts as the "Heart's protector." It plays a crucial role in safeguarding the heart from external pathogenic factors and emotional disturbances. The Pericardium is also involved in regulating blood circulation and influencing emotional well-being, especially in terms of relationships and intimacy. When the Pericardium malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to symptoms that mirror heart issues, such as chest pain or palpitations, but often with an emotional component like difficulty in forming emotional connections or excessive vulnerability to external stressors. Additionally, a disturbed Pericardium can result in sleep disturbances, anxiety, and in severe cases, mental confusion, reflecting its integral role in both physical heart protection and emotional balance.... see more

Pericardium Patterns That Can Lead to Impaired Consciousness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heat invading the Pericardium Impaired consciousness, Fever, Irritability, Restlessness, Feeling of uneasiness, Incoherent or confused speech, Viral encephalitis, Meningitis, Pertussis, Measles induced pneumonia, Aphthous stomatitis... see more Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

TCM Herbal Formulas for Impaired Consciousness

See more details below about Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, a herbal formula used to address impaired consciousness.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Mind Disturbance
  • Heat
  • Formulas that clear heat and open sensory orifices

Acupoints for Impaired Consciousness

Explore below some acupoints used to address impaired consciousness, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Governing Vessel
  • Pericardium Channel
  • Bladder Channel
  • Liver Channel
  • Stomach Channel
  • Large Intestine Channel
  • Heart Channel
  • Lung Channel
  • Small Intestine Channel
  • Directing Vessel
  • Extra Points: Upper Extremities (EX-UE)
  • Gall Bladder Channel
  • Spleen Channel
  • Kidney Channel
Yamen DU-15

Yamen DU-15

On the back of the neck, 0.5 cun directly above the midpoint of the posterior hairline, below the spinous process of 1st cervical vertebra (C1).

Baihui DU-20

Baihui DU-20

At the vertex, at the junction of a line connecting the apex of the ears and the midline, in the depression 7 cun above the posterior hairline and 5 cun behind the anterior hairline.

Suliao DU-25

Suliao DU-25

In a depression on the tip of the nose.

Renzhong DU-26

Renzhong DU-26

Below the nose, a little above the midpoint of the philtrum.

Jianshi P-5

Jianshi P-5

3 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist, between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis muscle.

Laogong P-8

Laogong P-8

In the center of the palm, between the 2nd and the 3rd metacarpal bones, proximal to the metacarpophalangeal joint.

Zhongchong P-9

Zhongchong P-9

In the center of the tip of the middle finger.

Tongtian BL-7

Tongtian BL-7

1.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline and 4 cun within the anterior hairline.

Yuzhen BL-9

Yuzhen BL-9

First identify Naohu DU-17 which is on the superior border of the external occipital protuberance. Yuzhen BL-9 is 1.3 cun lateral to Naohu DU-17.

Pucan BL-61

Pucan BL-61

Posterior and inferior to the external malleolus, directly below Kunlun BL-60, in the depression of the calcaneum at the junction of the red and white skin.

Dadun LIV-1

Dadun LIV-1

On the lateral side of the dorsum of the great toe terminal phalanx, between the lateral corner of the nail and interphalangeal joint.

Xingjian LIV-2

Xingjian LIV-2

Between the first and second toe, on the dorsum of the foot, 0.5 cun proximal to the interdigital fold.

Lidui ST-45

Lidui ST-45

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

Shangyang LI-1

Shangyang LI-1

On the radial side of the index finger, about 0.1 cun posterior to the nail corner.

Shaochong HE-9

Shaochong HE-9

On the radial side of the little finger, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.

Shaoshang LU-11

Shaoshang LU-11

On the radial side of the thumb, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.

Shaoze SI-1

Shaoze SI-1

On the ulnar side of the little finger, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.

Shenque REN-8

Shenque REN-8

In the center of the umbilicus.

Shixuan EX-UE-11

Shixuan EX-UE-11

On the tips of the 10 fingers.

Toulinqi GB-15

Toulinqi GB-15

Directly above Yangbai GB-14, on the pupil line, 0.5 cun within the hairline, midway between Shenting DU-24 and Touwei ST-8.

Yinbai SP-1

Yinbai SP-1

On the medial side of the big toe, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.

Yongquan KID-1

Yongquan KID-1

In the depression between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones on the sole when the foot is in plantar flexion, approximately at the junction of the anterior and middle third of the sole.