Lack Of Appetiteaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Appetite Disorders

Root Causes of Lack Of Appetite in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Lack of appetite according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Dampness
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Cold
  • Phlegm
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Qi Sinking
  • Blood Stasis
  • Yin Excess
  • Summer Heat
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Uterus
  • Large Intestine
  • Pericardium
Detailed description of the cause

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 Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Diarrhea General Weakness Shortness Of Breath Weak Limbs Pale Face Weak Voice Palpitations

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, General weakness, Weak voice, Generalized fatigue, Low energy, Reluctance to speak, Spontaneous sweat, Frequent colds or flu, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Shortness of breath... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Gui Pi Tang | Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang | Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang
Qi and Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, 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 Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Gui Pi Tang | Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang | Shi Quan Da Bu Tang | Ba Zhen Tang | Si Wu Tang | Tong Ru Dan | Guo Qi Yin | Zhi Gan Cao Tang
Spleen Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie down, Slight abdominal pain, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Dyspepsia, Swollen complexion, Obesity... see more Ba Zhen Tang | Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Fei Er Wan
Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Excessive menstruation, Pale menstrual flow, Thin menstrual blood, Prolonged menstrual periods, Shortness of breath, Palpitations... see more Fu Tu Dan
Liver Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Nervousness, Timidity, Easily startled, Lack of bravery, Indecision, Sighing, Vivid dreaming, Depression, Irritability, Hypochondriac distention, Irregular periods, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Abdominal distention... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Si Wu Tang | Xiao Yao San
Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Obesity, Shortness of breath, Coughing, Weak voice, Spontaneous sweat, Reluctance to speak, Frequent colds or flu, Aversion to cold... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang
Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Si Jun Zi Tang | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan
Stomach Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Morning fatigue Si Jun Zi Tang
Spleen Deficiency Poor appetite, Sticky vaginal discharge, Generalized fatigue, Depression, Cold extremities, Diarrhea, White vaginal discharge, Lack of appetite, Amenorrhea, Dull shallow face, Weak limbs... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Yi Huang Tang
Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Dizziness, Unsteadiness, Blurry vision, Deafness, Tinnitus, Shortness of breath, Weak voice, Pale face, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang | Ba Zhen Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
Stomach Deficiency Poor appetite, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Poor memory, Restless sleeplessness, Fever, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Coughing, Shortness of breath, Exertional dyspnea, Weight loss... see more Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Qi Stagnation

Qi Stagnation in TCM is like having a traffic jam in your body's energy system. Qi, the vital life force that flows through your body, is supposed to move smoothly to maintain health and balance. But with Qi Stagnation, this flow gets blocked or slowed down, like cars stuck on a highway. This can lead to symptoms like feeling stressed, emotional mood swings, and physical discomfort, often described as a feeling of fullness or tightness, especially in the chest or abdomen. It's as though the body's internal energy circulation is disrupted, causing various issues. TCM sees this as an energy flow problem, different from modern medicine's focus on specific physiological processes.... see more

Qi Stagnation Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Irritability Depression Sighing Nausea Upper Abdominal Distension Hypochondriac Pain Abdominal Distention Irregular Periods

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation No appetite, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Heart Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Palpitations, Chest distension, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Depression Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang
Liver Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Hypochondriac distention, Chest distension, Upper abdominal distension, Abdominal distention, Sighing, Melancholia, Depression, Mood swings, Irregular periods, Globus sensation, Pre menstrual breast distension, Pre menstrual tension, Anxiety, Anger... see more Xiao Yao San | Jia Wei Xiao Yao San | Yue Ju Wan | Chai Hu Shu Gan San | Yi Guan Jian
Pericardium Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Mild chest pain, Chest distension, Stifling sensation in the chest, Sighing, Throat lumps, Palpitations, Depression, Irritability, Lack of appetite, Weak limbs, Cold extremities... see more Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang
Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, General fullness, Moving pain, Depression, Irritability, Mood swings, Sighing Yue Ju Wan
Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Weak limbs, Lower back pain, Abdominal distention, Irregular periods, Red and white vaginal discharge, Infertility... see more Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang
Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach Poor appetite, Belching, Abdominal distention, Upper abdominal distension, Depression, Irritability, Xerostomia, Lack of appetite, Craving for sour foods, Dry throat, Acid reflux... see more Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang | Zuo Jin Wan
Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, Focal distention of the chest, Lack of appetite, Dyspepsia, Chronic bronchitis, Bronchial asthma, Emphysema, Childhood asthma, Diaphragm pain... see more San Zi Yang Qin Tang
Detailed description of the cause

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 Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Feeling Of Heaviness Bitter Taste In The Mouth Nausea Abdominal Fullness Diarrhea Dry Mouth Without Desire To Drink Fever Sticky Taste In The Mouth

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation No appetite, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Damp-Heat Poor appetite, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Yi Huang Tang | Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Ba Zheng San
Cold-Phlegm Poor appetite, White and watery sputum, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Cold extremities, Nausea, Lack of appetite... see more Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang | San Zi Yang Qin Tang
Damp-Heat in the Liver Poor appetite, Hypochondrial fullness with warmth relief, Abdominal fullness, Lower abdominal fullness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Sticky taste in the mouth, Lack of appetite, Nausea, Feeling of heaviness, Yellow vaginal discharge, Vaginal itching, Vulvar eczema, Vulvar sores, Bleeding between periods, Midcycle bleeding pain, Red and swollen scrotum, Red and swelling genital, Papules, Itchy vesicular rashes, Urinary dysfunction, Urinary burning, Dark urine... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Yin Chen Hao Tang
Damp-Heat invading the Spleen Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Nausea or vomiting, Malodorous diarrhea, Anal burning, Feeling hot, Scanty and dark urine, Low grade fever, Dull headache, Dull yellow complexion, Yellow sclera, Oily sweat, Itchy rashes, Bitter taste in the mouth, Upper abdominal fullness, Upper abdominal pain... see more Lian Po Yin
Half Exterior Half Interior Poor appetite, Chest distension, Bitter taste in the mouth, Dry cough, Anxiety, Restlessness, Vomit, Lack of appetite, Dizziness, Blurry vision... see more Xiao Chai Hu Tang
Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner Poor appetite, Upper abdominal focal distention, Abdominal fullness, Dry heaving, Borborygmi with diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Peptic ulcer, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Gastritis, Chronic cholecystitis, Colitis... see more Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang
Stomach Deficiency Poor appetite, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang
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 Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Palpitations Dizziness Poor Memory Insomnia Anemia Scanty Menstruation Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi and Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, 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 Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Gui Pi Tang | Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang | Shi Quan Da Bu Tang | Ba Zhen Tang | Si Wu Tang | Tong Ru Dan | Guo Qi Yin | Zhi Gan Cao Tang
Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Dizziness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Poor memory, Anxiety, Easily startled, Dull pale complexion, Pale lips, Generalized fatigue, Muscle weakness, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Scanty menstruation... see more Gui Pi Tang
Spleen Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Depression, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Gui Pi Tang
Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Weak limbs, Lower back pain, Abdominal distention, Irregular periods, Red and white vaginal discharge, Infertility... see more Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Poor memory, Restless sleeplessness, Fever, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Coughing, Shortness of breath, Exertional dyspnea, Weight loss... see more Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen Poor appetite, Chest distension, Chest pain, Anemia, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea... see more Xiao Yao San
Detailed description of the cause

Dampness

"Dampness" in TCM is a concept that describes a pattern of disharmony where the body accumulates excess moisture. Imagine the heavy, sticky feeling you get on a very humid day; that's similar to what dampness feels like internally. It can manifest as a sense of heaviness, bloating, sluggishness, or even a foggy mind. This condition is often thought to arise from environmental factors like living in a damp place, dietary habits that promote moisture in the body, or internal imbalances that hinder the body's ability to process fluids properly. In TCM, dampness can obstruct the normal flow of energy and fluids in the body, leading to various symptoms.... see more

Dampness Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Feeling Of Heaviness Diarrhea Nausea Fever Bitter Taste In The Mouth Generalized Fatigue Dry Mouth Without Desire To Drink Headaches

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation No appetite, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Damp-Heat Poor appetite, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Yi Huang Tang | Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Ba Zheng San
Cold-Damp invading the Spleen Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Epigastric coldness, Head and body heaviness, Sweet taste in mouth, Absence of thirst, Diarrhea, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Nausea, Edema, Dull pale complexion, White vaginal discharge, Upper abdominal fullness... see more Ping Wei San
Damp-Heat in the Liver Poor appetite, Hypochondrial fullness with warmth relief, Abdominal fullness, Lower abdominal fullness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Sticky taste in the mouth, Lack of appetite, Nausea, Feeling of heaviness, Yellow vaginal discharge, Vaginal itching, Vulvar eczema, Vulvar sores, Bleeding between periods, Midcycle bleeding pain, Red and swollen scrotum, Red and swelling genital, Papules, Itchy vesicular rashes, Urinary dysfunction, Urinary burning, Dark urine... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Yin Chen Hao Tang
Damp-Heat invading the Spleen Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Nausea or vomiting, Malodorous diarrhea, Anal burning, Feeling hot, Scanty and dark urine, Low grade fever, Dull headache, Dull yellow complexion, Yellow sclera, Oily sweat, Itchy rashes, Bitter taste in the mouth, Upper abdominal fullness, Upper abdominal pain... see more Lian Po Yin
Oedema Poor appetite, Abdominal edema, Ankle edema, Facial edema, Foot edema, Oedema of hands, Leg edema, Ocular swelling, Abdominal distention... see more Ping Wei San | Wu Ling San | Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang | Wu Pi Yin | Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Shen Qi Wan | Yu Gong San | Zhou Che Wan
Summer Heat with Dampness Poor appetite, Fever, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Headaches, Feeling of heaviness, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Anxiety, Thirst, Chest distension, Lack of appetite... see more Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San | Xiang Ru San | Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin
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Yang Deficiency

Yang deficiency in TCM refers to a state where the body's Yang energy, which is responsible for warmth, activity, and function, is weakened or diminished. This pattern of disharmony often arises from chronic illness, aging, or inherent constitutional weakness. Symptoms of Yang deficiency are typically associated with cold and sluggishness, such as a feeling of coldness, cold extremities, pale complexion, low energy or fatigue, and a desire for warmth. Digestive issues like poor appetite, loose stools, and water retention can also be indicative of Yang deficiency.... see more

Yang Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Chills Diarrhea Cold Extremities Pale Face Absence Of Thirst General Weakness Weak Limbs

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Greater Yin stage No appetite, Lack of appetite, Vomit, Abdominal fullness, Chills, Diarrhea, Absence of thirst, Generalized fatigue... see more Li Zhong Wan
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Lung Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, Cold extremities, Spontaneous sweat, Frequent colds or flu, Pale face, Generalized fatigue, Shortness of breath, Absence of thirst, Wheezing, Weak voice... see more Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Sheng Mai San
Kidney Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more You Gui Wan
Spleen Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie in fetal position, Pale face, Cold extremities, Chills, Undigested food in stools, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Abdominal pain relieved by pressure and warmth, Dull shallow face... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Yi Huang Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Huang Tu Tang
Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold Poor appetite, Epigastric pain relieved with pressure or eating, Lack of appetite, Desire for hot beverages and foods, Vomiting clear liquid, Absence of thirst, Weak limbs, Cold extremities, Generalized fatigue, Pale face... see more Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan | Xiao Jian Zhong Tang | Wu Zhu Yu Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Cold

In TCM "Cold" as a pattern of disharmony refers to a specific type of imbalance within the body's systems, often linked to a deficiency or weakness. It's not about feeling physically cold or having a common cold, but rather a metaphorical description of certain symptoms and underlying conditions. When a TCM practitioner says someone suffers from "Cold," it usually implies that the body's Yang energy, which is warm and active, is insufficient or overpowered by Yin energy, which is cool and passive. Symptoms of Cold in TCM can include a general feeling of coldness, cold limbs, pale complexion, low energy, slow metabolism, and a preference for warmth. ... see more

Cold Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Chills Diarrhea Generalized Fatigue Absence Of Thirst Cold Extremities General Weakness Scanty Menstruation Menstrual Cramps

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Greater Yin stage No appetite, Lack of appetite, Vomit, Abdominal fullness, Chills, Diarrhea, Absence of thirst, Generalized fatigue... see more Li Zhong Wan
Cold in the Uterus Poor appetite, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Thin vaginal discharge... see more Wen Jing Tang | Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang | Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang
Cold-Damp invading the Spleen Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Epigastric coldness, Head and body heaviness, Sweet taste in mouth, Absence of thirst, Diarrhea, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Nausea, Edema, Dull pale complexion, White vaginal discharge, Upper abdominal fullness... see more Ping Wei San
Cold-Phlegm Poor appetite, White and watery sputum, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Cold extremities, Nausea, Lack of appetite... see more Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang | San Zi Yang Qin Tang
Empty-Cold Poor appetite, Chills, Cold extremities, Pale face, Absence of thirst, Low energy, Perspiration, Diarrhea, Clear urination, Frequent urination... see more Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang | Da Jian Zhong Tang
Stomach Deficiency Poor appetite, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang
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Phlegm

In TCM "Phlegm" as a pattern of disharmony is a complex concept that extends beyond the physical manifestation of mucus. It represents a pathological factor that can disrupt the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood, leading to various health issues. Phlegm in TCM is seen as a sticky, turbid substance arising from the body's inability to metabolize fluids properly, often due to a dysfunction of the spleen. It's not only associated with respiratory problems like cough and congestion but also with systemic issues. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, mental cloudiness, dizziness, and in some cases, the formation of lumps or masses. Phlegm can even be "invisible," contributing to emotional disturbances like depression or stress. ... see more

Phlegm Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Abdominal Fullness Hepatitis Feeling Of Oppression Of The Chest Cold Extremities Nausea Chronic Bronchitis Feeling Of Heaviness Congestive Heart Failure

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Cold-Phlegm Poor appetite, White and watery sputum, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Cold extremities, Nausea, Lack of appetite... see more Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang | San Zi Yang Qin Tang
Phlegm Poor appetite, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Head fog, Dizziness Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang | Yue Ju Wan | Wen Dan Tang
Oedema Poor appetite, Abdominal edema, Ankle edema, Facial edema, Foot edema, Oedema of hands, Leg edema, Ocular swelling, Abdominal distention... see more Ping Wei San | Wu Ling San | Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang | Wu Pi Yin | Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Shen Qi Wan | Yu Gong San | Zhou Che Wan
Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner Poor appetite, Upper abdominal focal distention, Abdominal fullness, Dry heaving, Borborygmi with diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Peptic ulcer, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Gastritis, Chronic cholecystitis, Colitis... see more Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang
Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, Focal distention of the chest, Lack of appetite, Dyspepsia, Chronic bronchitis, Bronchial asthma, Emphysema, Childhood asthma, Diaphragm pain... see more San Zi Yang Qin 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 Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Xerostomia Preference For Sipping Dry Stools Generalized Fatigue Slight Abdominal Distension After Eating Upper Abdominal Pain Afternoon Heat Sensation Dry Throat

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Stomach Yin Deficiency Poor appetite, No desire to eat, Lack of appetite, Preference for sipping, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Yi Wei Tang | Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry stools, Dry lips, Nausea, Generalized fatigue, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Stomach Deficiency Poor appetite, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang
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Qi Sinking

Qi Sinking is a pattern of disharmony in TCM where the body's energy, or Qi, is thought to "sink" or drop down. Imagine a balloon slowly deflating and falling; that's similar to what happens with Qi Sinking. This can lead to feelings of heaviness, fatigue, and even physical symptoms like prolapse of organs or frequent urination. It's as if the body's energy, which usually supports and holds things in place, isn't able to do its job properly. TCM views this as an imbalance where the uplifting and supporting qualities of Qi are weakened.... see more

Qi Sinking Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Anus Prolapse Hemorrhoids Generalized Fatigue Chronic Diarrhea Uterine Prolapse Prolapsed Bladder Stomach Prolapse Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Large Intestine collapse Poor appetite, Chronic diarrhea, Anus prolapse, Hemorrhoids, Generalized fatigue, Cold extremities, Lack of appetite, Mental exhaustion, Craving for hot beverages... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking Poor appetite, Uterine prolapse, Prolapsed bladder, Stomach prolapse, Nephroptosis, Anus prolapse, Bearing down sensation in abdomen, Hemorrhoids, Chronic diarrhea, Frequent and urgent urination, Urinary incontinence, Generalized fatigue, Low energy, Intestines prolapse, Vaginal prolapse... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Du Shen Tang
Spleen Qi Sinking Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
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Blood Stasis

Blood Stasis in TCM is a concept where the blood flow in the body is not as smooth or efficient as it should be. Imagine a river that's supposed to flow freely, but instead, it's getting blocked or moving too slowly in some parts. This can lead to various health issues, like pain that feels sharp or stabbing, dark bruises, and a complexion that looks purplish. TCM believes that good health relies on the smooth and vibrant flow of Qi and blood throughout the body, so when blood gets stuck, it's like a traffic jam in your body, leading to discomfort or health problems.... see more

Blood Stasis Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Weak Limbs Lower Back Pain Abdominal Distention Irregular Periods Red And White Vaginal Discharge Infertility Slight Abdominal Distension After Eating Generalized Fatigue

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Dull pale complexion, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Night blindness, Pale lips, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction... see more Dang Gui Shao Yao San | Gui Pi Tang | Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang
Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Weak limbs, Lower back pain, Abdominal distention, Irregular periods, Red and white vaginal discharge, Infertility... see more Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang
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Yin Excess

Yin Excess in TCM is a pattern of disharmony characterized by an overabundance of Yin energy, leading to symptoms of dampness and coldness in the body. This condition often results from an imbalance where the cooling, moistening aspects of Yin overshadow the warm, active qualities of Yang energy. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, lethargy, cold sensations, pale complexion, and possibly edema or fluid retention. Digestive issues such as poor appetite, bloating, and loose stools may also be present, reflecting the impact of excess Yin on the body's metabolic processes. Treatment in TCM for Yin Excess focuses on reducing the excess Yin and stimulating Yang energy to restore balance. ... see more

Yin Excess Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Yin Excess Poor appetite, Absence of thirst, Slow and forceful movement, Epigastric pain worsen by pressure, Polyuria, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Nausea, Excessive vaginal discharge, Lack of appetite, Pain relieved by heat, Chills, Cold extremities, Pale urine... see more Wu Ling San | Wu Pi Yin
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Summer Heat

"Summer-Heat" in TCM is a unique concept that refers to a pattern of disharmony often associated with the hot summer months. Imagine the intense heat of summer stressing your body, like being in a sweltering, humid environment for too long. This can lead to symptoms like feeling overheated, excessive sweating, a feeling of irritation, and sometimes even nausea or dizziness. In TCM, this condition is thought to arise from the external environment's heat affecting the body's internal balance. It's similar to how we might feel uncomfortable and out of sorts on a very hot day. ... see more

Summer Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Summer Heat with Dampness Poor appetite, Fever, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Headaches, Feeling of heaviness, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Anxiety, Thirst, Chest distension, Lack of appetite... see more Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San | Xiang Ru San | Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin
Detailed description of the cause

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 Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Diarrhea General Weakness Weak Limbs Pale Face Slight Abdominal Distension After Eating Depression Dizziness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Greater Yin stage No appetite, Lack of appetite, Vomit, Abdominal fullness, Chills, Diarrhea, Absence of thirst, Generalized fatigue... see more Li Zhong Wan
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation No appetite, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Spleen Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie down, Slight abdominal pain, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Dyspepsia, Swollen complexion, Obesity... see more Ba Zhen Tang | Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Fei Er Wan
Cold-Damp invading the Spleen Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Epigastric coldness, Head and body heaviness, Sweet taste in mouth, Absence of thirst, Diarrhea, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Nausea, Edema, Dull pale complexion, White vaginal discharge, Upper abdominal fullness... see more Ping Wei San
Damp-Heat invading the Spleen Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Nausea or vomiting, Malodorous diarrhea, Anal burning, Feeling hot, Scanty and dark urine, Low grade fever, Dull headache, Dull yellow complexion, Yellow sclera, Oily sweat, Itchy rashes, Bitter taste in the mouth, Upper abdominal fullness, Upper abdominal pain... see more Lian Po Yin
Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Excessive menstruation, Pale menstrual flow, Thin menstrual blood, Prolonged menstrual periods, Shortness of breath, Palpitations... see more Fu Tu Dan
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Dizziness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Poor memory, Anxiety, Easily startled, Dull pale complexion, Pale lips, Generalized fatigue, Muscle weakness, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Scanty menstruation... see more Gui Pi Tang
Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Dull pale complexion, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Night blindness, Pale lips, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction... see more Dang Gui Shao Yao San | Gui Pi Tang | Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang
Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Obesity, Shortness of breath, Coughing, Weak voice, Spontaneous sweat, Reluctance to speak, Frequent colds or flu, Aversion to cold... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang
Spleen Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Depression, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Gui Pi Tang
Spleen Qi Sinking Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Spleen Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie in fetal position, Pale face, Cold extremities, Chills, Undigested food in stools, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Abdominal pain relieved by pressure and warmth, Dull shallow face... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Yi Huang Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Huang Tu Tang
Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Si Jun Zi Tang | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry stools, Dry lips, Nausea, Generalized fatigue, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Spleen Deficiency Poor appetite, Sticky vaginal discharge, Generalized fatigue, Depression, Cold extremities, Diarrhea, White vaginal discharge, Lack of appetite, Amenorrhea, Dull shallow face, Weak limbs... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Yi Huang Tang
Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Dizziness, Unsteadiness, Blurry vision, Deafness, Tinnitus, Shortness of breath, Weak voice, Pale face, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang | Ba Zhen Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Poor memory, Restless sleeplessness, Fever, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Coughing, Shortness of breath, Exertional dyspnea, Weight loss... see more Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen Poor appetite, Chest distension, Chest pain, Anemia, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea... see more Xiao Yao San
Detailed description of the cause

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 Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Xerostomia Pale Face Diarrhea Belching Weak Limbs Upper Abdominal Discomfort Loss Of Taste

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Stomach Yin Deficiency Poor appetite, No desire to eat, Lack of appetite, Preference for sipping, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Yi Wei Tang | Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Food Stagnation in the Stomach Poor appetite, Epigastric fullness and pain relieved by vomiting, Nausea, Vomiting of sour fluids, Halitosis, Acid reflux, Belching, Insomnia, Alternating diarrhea and constipation, Lack of appetite, Abdominal pain due to overeating... see more Bao He Wan | Zhi Shi Dao Zhi Wan | Gua Di San
Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Si Jun Zi Tang | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry stools, Dry lips, Nausea, Generalized fatigue, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Stomach Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Morning fatigue Si Jun Zi Tang
Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold Poor appetite, Epigastric pain relieved with pressure or eating, Lack of appetite, Desire for hot beverages and foods, Vomiting clear liquid, Absence of thirst, Weak limbs, Cold extremities, Generalized fatigue, Pale face... see more Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan | Xiao Jian Zhong Tang | Wu Zhu Yu Tang
Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner Poor appetite, Upper abdominal focal distention, Abdominal fullness, Dry heaving, Borborygmi with diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Peptic ulcer, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Gastritis, Chronic cholecystitis, Colitis... see more Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang
Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Dizziness, Unsteadiness, Blurry vision, Deafness, Tinnitus, Shortness of breath, Weak voice, Pale face, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang | Ba Zhen Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang
Stomach Deficiency Poor appetite, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang
Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach Poor appetite, Belching, Abdominal distention, Upper abdominal distension, Depression, Irritability, Xerostomia, Lack of appetite, Craving for sour foods, Dry throat, Acid reflux... see more Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang | Zuo Jin Wan
Detailed description of the cause

Liver

In TCM the Liver is viewed as the organ responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, Blood, and emotions throughout the body. It plays a key role in regulating mood, storing blood, supporting digestion, and ensuring the health of tendons and eyes. When the Liver malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues such as irritability, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, eye problems, and muscular stiffness or pain. A malfunctioning Liver in TCM reflects not only physical disturbances but also emotional and mental disharmony, emphasizing the holistic approach of TCM in addressing health and wellness.... see more

Liver Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Irritability Irregular Periods Depression Nausea Diarrhea Upper Abdominal Distension Hypochondriac Distention Dizziness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation No appetite, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Damp-Heat in the Liver Poor appetite, Hypochondrial fullness with warmth relief, Abdominal fullness, Lower abdominal fullness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Sticky taste in the mouth, Lack of appetite, Nausea, Feeling of heaviness, Yellow vaginal discharge, Vaginal itching, Vulvar eczema, Vulvar sores, Bleeding between periods, Midcycle bleeding pain, Red and swollen scrotum, Red and swelling genital, Papules, Itchy vesicular rashes, Urinary dysfunction, Urinary burning, Dark urine... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Yin Chen Hao Tang
Liver Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Nervousness, Timidity, Easily startled, Lack of bravery, Indecision, Sighing, Vivid dreaming, Depression, Irritability, Hypochondriac distention, Irregular periods, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Abdominal distention... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Si Wu Tang | Xiao Yao San
Liver Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Hypochondriac distention, Chest distension, Upper abdominal distension, Abdominal distention, Sighing, Melancholia, Depression, Mood swings, Irregular periods, Globus sensation, Pre menstrual breast distension, Pre menstrual tension, Anxiety, Anger... see more Xiao Yao San | Jia Wei Xiao Yao San | Yue Ju Wan | Chai Hu Shu Gan San | Yi Guan Jian
Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Dull pale complexion, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Night blindness, Pale lips, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction... see more Dang Gui Shao Yao San | Gui Pi Tang | Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang
Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach Poor appetite, Belching, Abdominal distention, Upper abdominal distension, Depression, Irritability, Xerostomia, Lack of appetite, Craving for sour foods, Dry throat, Acid reflux... see more Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang | Zuo Jin Wan
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen Poor appetite, Chest distension, Chest pain, Anemia, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea... see more Xiao Yao San
Detailed description of the cause

Heart

In TCM the Heart is considered the "emperor" of all organs, primarily responsible for governing Blood and housing the mind, known as "Shen." It plays a crucial role in maintaining mental-emotional equilibrium and controlling the circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body. When the Heart is imbalanced or malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues like heart palpitations, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, anxiety, and a flushed complexion. Emotional disturbances such as excessive joy or lack of joy are also seen as signs of Heart disharmony. These symptoms reflect not just physical heart conditions but also the state of one's Shen, indicating the interconnectedness of physical and emotional well-being in TCM.... see more

Heart Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Palpitations Generalized Fatigue Poor Memory Insomnia Anxiety Pale Face Diarrhea Scanty Menstruation

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Palpitations, Chest distension, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Depression Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang
Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Dizziness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Poor memory, Anxiety, Easily startled, Dull pale complexion, Pale lips, Generalized fatigue, Muscle weakness, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Scanty menstruation... see more Gui Pi Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Poor appetite, Palpitations, Poor memory, Restless sleeplessness, Fever, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Coughing, Shortness of breath, Exertional dyspnea, Weight loss... see more Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang
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Kidney

In TCM the Kidneys are regarded as the body's most fundamental reservoir of Essence, known as Jing, which influences growth, reproduction, and aging. They are not just organs for filtering blood, but a holistic system governing vital life forces. When the Kidneys malfunction in TCM, it can manifest as a variety of health issues, such as chronic fatigue, reproductive problems, imbalances in fluid metabolism leading to edema or dryness, lower back pain, and a sense of fear or insecurity.... see more

Kidney Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Bright Pale Face Pale Menstrual Flow Thin Menstrual Blood Nocturnal Emission Lower Back Pain Weak And Cold Knees Chills Weak Legs

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Excessive menstruation, Pale menstrual flow, Thin menstrual blood, Prolonged menstrual periods, Shortness of breath, Palpitations... see more Fu Tu Dan
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Kidney Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more You Gui Wan
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Lung

In TCM the Lungs are seen as the organ responsible for controlling Qi and respiration, as well as being a key part of the body's defensive system. They are thought to maintain the balance and flow of air and moisture, and are closely linked to the skin and hair. When the Lungs are imbalanced or malfunctioning in TCM, it can lead to respiratory issues like coughing or asthma, a weakened immune system, dry skin, and emotional disturbances such as sadness or grief. These symptoms are believed to arise from disruptions in the Lungs' ability to regulate Qi and protect the body, highlighting their central role in maintaining overall health and well-being.... see more

Lung Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Common Symptoms: Coughing And Wheezing With Copious Sputum Spontaneous Sweat Frequent Colds Or Flu Pale Face Generalized Fatigue Shortness Of Breath Weak Voice Cold Extremities

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Lung Yang Deficiency Poor appetite, Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, Cold extremities, Spontaneous sweat, Frequent colds or flu, Pale face, Generalized fatigue, Shortness of breath, Absence of thirst, Wheezing, Weak voice... see more Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Sheng Mai San
Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Obesity, Shortness of breath, Coughing, Weak voice, Spontaneous sweat, Reluctance to speak, Frequent colds or flu, Aversion to cold... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang
Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, Focal distention of the chest, Lack of appetite, Dyspepsia, Chronic bronchitis, Bronchial asthma, Emphysema, Childhood asthma, Diaphragm pain... see more San Zi Yang Qin Tang
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Uterus

In TCM the Uterus (or "Bao Gong") is not just a reproductive organ but a vital system closely linked to Kidney energy, responsible for menstrual health, fertility, and pregnancy. It's also connected to the Heart and Liver, reflecting the importance of emotional and blood health in reproductive wellness. In TCM, the Uterus is seen as a reservoir of Blood and Qi, crucial for reproductive health and general vitality. When the Uterus malfunctions or is imbalanced, it can lead to menstrual irregularities, infertility, miscarriages, or menopausal symptoms. Additionally, there might be symptoms like lower abdominal pain or emotional disturbances such as mood swings, often linked to Liver Qi stagnation. These manifestations highlight the TCM perspective that the health of the Uterus is intertwined with the overall balance of energy and blood in the body, as well as emotional well-being.... see more

Uterus Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Cold in the Uterus Poor appetite, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Thin vaginal discharge... see more Wen Jing Tang | Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang | Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang
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Large Intestine

In TCM the Large Intestine is primarily seen as responsible for the absorption of fluids and the excretion of waste. It is closely related to the Lung in terms of energy flow and function, reflecting the interconnectedness of organ systems in TCM. When the Large Intestine malfunctions, it can lead to issues such as constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain, and an inability to let go of emotional waste, like holding onto grief or stress. This is in line with the TCM view that the physical and emotional aspects of health are deeply connected. An imbalanced Large Intestine can also manifest as skin problems, signifying the organ’s role in eliminating toxins and maintaining balance in the body’s internal environment.... see more

Large Intestine Patterns That Can Lead to Lack Of Appetite

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Large Intestine collapse Poor appetite, Chronic diarrhea, Anus prolapse, Hemorrhoids, Generalized fatigue, Cold extremities, Lack of appetite, Mental exhaustion, Craving for hot beverages... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
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 Lack Of Appetite

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Pericardium Qi Stagnation Poor appetite, Mild chest pain, Chest distension, Stifling sensation in the chest, Sighing, Throat lumps, Palpitations, Depression, Irritability, Lack of appetite, Weak limbs, Cold extremities... see more Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Lack Of Appetite

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

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Dampness
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Cold
  • Phlegm
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Qi Sinking
  • Blood Stasis
  • Yin Excess
  • Summer Heat
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that tonify qi and blood
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness
  • Formulas that reduce food accumulation and transform stagnation
  • Formulas that promote qi movement
  • Formulas that tonify blood
  • Formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness
  • Formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge
  • Formulas that tonify
  • Formulas that warm and transform phlegm-Cold
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen
  • Formulas that warm yang and tonify
  • Formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm
  • Formulas that warm and transform water and dampness
  • Formulas that drive out excess water
  • Formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders
  • Formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that harmonize stomach-Intestines
  • Formulas that induce vomiting
  • Formulas that secure essence and stop enuresis
  • Formulas that regulate blood
  • Formulas that warm interior cold
  • Formulas that dispel phlegm
  • Formulas that clear heat
  • Formulas that rescue devastated yang
  • Formulas that stop bleeding
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and resolve exterior
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Qi Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen Deficiency, Qi and Blood Deficiency, Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Liver Qi Deficiency... see more
Si Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency, Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency, Stomach Qi Deficiency... see more
Gui Pi Tang Qi Deficiency, Qi and Blood Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Deficiency
Liu Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency
Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency, Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency... see more
Ba Zhen Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency
Si Wu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency, Liver Qi Deficiency
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Stomach Deficiency
Yi Huang Tang Spleen Deficiency
Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Deficiency
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency
Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency
Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang Qi Deficiency
Wan Dai Tang Spleen Deficiency
Shi Quan Da Bu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Tong Ru Dan Qi and Blood Deficiency
Guo Qi Yin Qi and Blood Deficiency
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Fei Er Wan Spleen Qi Deficiency
Fu Tu Dan Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency
Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Qi Stagnation

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang Heart Qi Stagnation, Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach, Pericardium Qi Stagnation... see more
Yue Ju Wan Liver Qi Stagnation, Qi Stagnation
Ping Wei San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
San Zi Yang Qin Tang Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation
Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation
Chai Hu Shu Gan San Liver Qi Stagnation
Yi Guan Jian Liver Qi Stagnation
Zuo Jin Wan Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Liver
Ping Wei San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
San Zi Yang Qin Tang Cold-Phlegm
Xiao Chai Hu Tang Half Exterior Half Interior
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Stomach Deficiency
Ba Zheng San Damp-Heat
Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner
Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang Cold-Phlegm
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat in the Liver
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat invading the Spleen
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Blood Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Gui Pi Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Deficiency, Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency, Spleen Blood Deficiency... see more
Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Ba Zhen Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Xiao Yao San Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen
Si Wu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Shi Quan Da Bu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Tong Ru Dan Qi and Blood Deficiency
Guo Qi Yin Qi and Blood Deficiency
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ping Wei San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, Cold-Damp invading the Spleen, Oedema... see more
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Liver
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Wu Ling San Oedema
Wu Pi Yin Oedema
Zhen Wu Tang Oedema
Ba Zheng San Damp-Heat
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat in the Liver
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat invading the Spleen
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Oedema
Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang Oedema
Shen Qi Wan Oedema
Yu Gong San Oedema
Zhou Che Wan Oedema
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Summer Heat with Dampness
Xiang Ru San Summer Heat with Dampness
Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin Summer Heat with Dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Yang Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Li Zhong Wan Greater Yin stage, Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Spleen Yang Deficiency
Si Jun Zi Tang Lung Yang Deficiency
Yi Huang Tang Spleen Yang Deficiency
Zhen Wu Tang Spleen Yang Deficiency
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold
Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold
Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang Lung Yang Deficiency
Sheng Mai San Lung Yang Deficiency
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Huang Tu Tang Spleen Yang Deficiency
Xiao Jian Zhong Tang Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold
Wu Zhu Yu Tang Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Cold

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ping Wei San Cold-Damp invading the Spleen
Li Zhong Wan Greater Yin stage
San Zi Yang Qin Tang Cold-Phlegm
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Stomach Deficiency
Wen Jing Tang Cold in the Uterus
Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang Cold in the Uterus
Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang Cold in the Uterus
Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang Cold-Phlegm
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Phlegm

Formula Patterns Suitable For
San Zi Yang Qin Tang Cold-Phlegm, Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation
Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang Phlegm
Yue Ju Wan Phlegm
Ping Wei San Oedema
Wu Ling San Oedema
Wu Pi Yin Oedema
Zhen Wu Tang Oedema
Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner
Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang Cold-Phlegm
Wen Dan Tang Phlegm
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Oedema
Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang Oedema
Shen Qi Wan Oedema
Yu Gong San Oedema
Zhou Che Wan Oedema

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Yin Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Stomach Yin Deficiency, Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Yin Deficiency, Stomach Deficiency
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Stomach Deficiency
Yi Wei Tang Stomach Yin Deficiency
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Qi Sinking

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Large Intestine collapse, Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking, Spleen Qi Sinking
Du Shen Tang Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Blood Stasis

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Gui Pi Tang Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency
Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation
Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Yin Excess

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Wu Ling San Yin Excess
Wu Pi Yin Yin Excess

All Formulas Recommended for Lack Of Appetite Caused by Summer Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Summer Heat with Dampness
Xiang Ru San Summer Heat with Dampness
Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin Summer Heat with Dampness

All "formulas that tonify qi" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen Deficiency, Qi and Blood Deficiency, Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Large Intestine collapse, Liver Qi Deficiency, Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking, Spleen Qi Sinking, Spleen Yang Deficiency... see more
Si Jun Zi Tang Lung Yang Deficiency, Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency, Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency, Stomach Qi Deficiency... see more
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Stomach Yin Deficiency, Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency, Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency... see more
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Qi Deficiency, Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency
Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency, Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold
Sheng Mai San Lung Yang Deficiency
Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify qi and blood" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Gui Pi Tang Qi Deficiency, Qi and Blood Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Deficiency, Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency, Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency, Spleen Blood Deficiency, Spleen not controlling Blood... see more
Ba Zhen Tang Spleen Qi Deficiency, Qi and Blood Deficiency, Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency
Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang Qi Deficiency
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency

All "formulas that promote qi movement" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang Heart Qi Stagnation, Phlegm, Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach, Pericardium Qi Stagnation... see more
Yue Ju Wan Liver Qi Stagnation, Phlegm, Qi Stagnation
Chai Hu Shu Gan San Liver Qi Stagnation

All "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Li Zhong Wan Greater Yin stage, Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold, Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold
Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang Cold in the Uterus
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Xiao Jian Zhong Tang Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold
Wu Zhu Yu Tang Stomach Yang Deficient and Cold

All "formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ping Wei San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, Cold-Damp invading the Spleen, Oedema... see more
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Summer Heat with Dampness

All "formulas that tonify" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency, Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency... see more
Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation

All "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency... see more
Wen Jing Tang Cold in the Uterus
Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang Cold in the Uterus

All "formulas that clear heat and expel dampness" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat in the Liver
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat invading the Spleen
Ba Zheng San Damp-Heat

All "formulas that tonify blood" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Si Wu Tang Liver Qi Deficiency, Qi and Blood Deficiency
Guo Qi Yin Qi and Blood Deficiency
Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency

All "formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yi Huang Tang Spleen Deficiency, Damp-Heat, Spleen Yang Deficiency
Wan Dai Tang Spleen Deficiency

All "formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Deficiency, Liver Qi Stagnation, Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen... see more
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation

All "formulas that reduce food accumulation and transform stagnation" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Bao He Wan Food Stagnation in the Stomach
Zhi Shi Dao Zhi Wan Food Stagnation in the Stomach
Fei Er Wan Spleen Qi Deficiency

All "formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Wu Ling San Oedema, Yin Excess
Wu Pi Yin Oedema, Yin Excess
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Oedema

All "formulas that nourish yin and tonify" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yi Wei Tang Stomach Yin Deficiency
Yi Guan Jian Liver Qi Stagnation

All "formulas that warm and transform phlegm-Cold" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
San Zi Yang Qin Tang Cold-Phlegm, Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation
Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang Cold-Phlegm

All "formulas that warm yang and tonify" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Shen Qi Wan Oedema

All "formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Wen Dan Tang Phlegm
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency

All "formulas that warm and transform water and dampness" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Zhen Wu Tang Oedema, Spleen Yang Deficiency
Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang Oedema

All "formulas that drive out excess water" recommended for lack of appetite

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yu Gong San Oedema
Zhou Che Wan Oedema

Acupoints for Lack Of Appetite

Explore below some acupoints used to address lack of appetite, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Kidney Channel
  • Spleen Channel
  • Stomach Channel
  • Bladder Channel
  • Gall Bladder Channel
  • Governing Vessel
  • Triple Burner Channel
  • Directing Vessel
Shangqu KID-17

Shangqu KID-17

2 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Youmen KID-21

Youmen KID-21

6 cun above the umbilicus and 2 cun below the sternocostal angle, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Bulang KID-22

Bulang KID-22

In the 5th intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Shenfeng KID-23

Shenfeng KID-23

In the 4th intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Shencang KID-25

Shencang KID-25

In the 2nd intercostal space, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Shufu KID-27

Shufu KID-27

In the depression on the lower border of the clavicle, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

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.

Taibai SP-3

Taibai SP-3

Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsal bone, at the border of the red and white skin.

Sanyinjiao SP-6

Sanyinjiao SP-6

3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleolus, on the posterior border of the tibia, on the line drawn from the medial malleolus to Yinlingquan SP-9.

Diji SP-8

Diji SP-8

3 cun below the medial condyle of the tibia, on the line connecting Yinlingquan SP-9 and the the medial malleolus.

Yinlingquan SP-9

Yinlingquan SP-9

On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia, in the depression between the posterior border of the tibia and gastrocnemius muscle.

Daheng SP-15

Daheng SP-15

On the mammillary line 4 cun lateral to the umbilicus center.

Burong ST-19

Burong ST-19

2 cun below the sternocostal angel and 6 cun above the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Chengman ST-20

Chengman ST-20

5 cun above the umbilicus and 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline, or 1 cun below Burong ST-19.

Taiyi ST-23

Taiyi ST-23

2 cun above the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Zusanli ST-36

Zusanli ST-36

3 cun below Dubi ST-35, one finger breadth lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia, on the tibialis anterior muscle.

Pishu BL-20

Pishu BL-20

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra (T11).

Weishu BL-21

Weishu BL-21

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 12th thoracic vertebra (T12).

Yanggang BL-48

Yanggang BL-48

3 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra (T10).

Weidao GB-28

Weidao GB-28

Anterior and Inferior to the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS), 0.5 cun anterior and inferior to Wushu GB-27.

Huantiao GB-30

Huantiao GB-30

At the junction of the middle and lateral third of the distance between the great trochanter and Yaoshu DU-2 of the hiatus of the sacrum. When locating the point, put the patient in lateral recumbent position with the thigh flexed.

Jizhong DU-6

Jizhong DU-6

On the back midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra (T11).

Zhongshu DU-7

Zhongshu DU-7

On the back midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra (T10).

Yangchi TB-4

Yangchi TB-4

At the junction of the ulna carpal bones of the wrist dorsum, in the depression lateral to the tendon of extensor digitorum and extensor digiti minimi muscle.

Zhongwan REN-12

Zhongwan REN-12

On the midline of the abdomen, 4 cun above the umbilicus and 4 cun below the sternocostal angle.