Painful Intercourseaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Sexual Health Disorders

Root Causes of Painful Intercourse in TCM

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

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Dampness
  • Heat
  • Liver
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 Painful Intercourse

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Painful intercourse, Vulvar itching, Yellow vaginal discharge, Restlessness, Irritability, Insomnia, Dark urine, Excessive vaginal discharge, Foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, Sticky vaginal discharge, Vaginal itching... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
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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 Painful Intercourse

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Painful intercourse, Vulvar itching, Yellow vaginal discharge, Restlessness, Irritability, Insomnia, Dark urine, Excessive vaginal discharge, Foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, Sticky vaginal discharge, Vaginal itching... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
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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 Painful Intercourse

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Painful intercourse, Vulvar itching, Yellow vaginal discharge, Restlessness, Irritability, Insomnia, Dark urine, Excessive vaginal discharge, Foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, Sticky vaginal discharge, Vaginal itching... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Painful Intercourse

See more details below about Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, a herbal formula used to address painful intercourse.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Dampness
  • Heat
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs

TCM Herbs for Painful Intercourse

See more details below about Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao), a herb used to address painful intercourse.

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  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness