Root Causes of Perspiration in TCM

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

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Heat
  • Wind
  • Dampness
  • Cold
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Dryness
  • Summer Heat
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Yang Collapse
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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Thirst Fever Feeling Hot Aversion To Cold Abdominal Pain Abdominal Fullness Anal Burning Sore Throat

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine Sweating, Abdominal pain, Abdominal fullness, Diarrhea, Hematochezia, Mucous in feces, Smelly stools, Anal burning, Scanty and dark urine, Fever, Perspiration, Feeling hot, Thirst, Feeling of heaviness... see more Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang | Shao Yao Tang
Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire Sweating, Fever, Thirst, Perspiration, Sore throat, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Dry throat, Dry cough, Aversion to cold, Xerostomia... see more Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Xing Su San | Sang Xing Tang
Exterior-Heat Sweating, Aversion to cold, Fever, Perspiration, Thirst, Body pain, Stiff neck Yin Qiao San | Shi Gao Tang
Lung Heat Sweating, Feeling hot, Thirst, High fever, Cough with thin yellow sputum, Shortness of breath, Perspiration, Acne... see more Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang | Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan | Pi Pa Qing Fei Yin | Xie Bai San
Wind-Heat Sweating, Aversion to cold, Fever, Sneezing, Coughing, Nasal discharge, Occipital stiffness, Occipital headache, Perspiration, Sore throat, Yellowish phlegm... see more Xiao Feng San | Yin Qiao San | Sang Ju Yin | Cong Chi Tang | Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang | Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang | Zhu Ye Cheng Liu Tang | Fang Feng Tong Sheng San | Bing Peng San | Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin
Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines Profuse sweating, Sweating on limbs, Afternoon fever, Perspiration, Abdominal fullness, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Dry stools, Thirst, Dark urine, Anal burning, Irritability, Delirium... see more Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang | Xiao Cheng Qi Tang
Bright Yang Stomach Heat Profuse sweating, High fever, Perspiration, Excessive thirst, Flushed face, Feeling hot, Irritability, Delirium... see more Bai Hu Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Wind

In TCM "Wind" is a concept that represents a pattern of disharmony, often characterized by its sudden and unpredictable nature, much like a gusty wind changing direction without warning. This pattern is associated with symptoms that come and go quickly or move around the body, such as itching, tremors, or even certain types of pain. Wind is considered to be a primary cause of illnesses that have these rapidly changing characteristics. In TCM, external Wind often refers to illnesses that start suddenly, like the common cold, believed to be caused by external pathogenic factors like climatic changes. On the other hand, internal Wind can be linked to internal imbalances and can manifest in conditions like dizziness or spasms. ... see more

Wind Patterns That Can Lead to Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Aversion To Cold Fever Occipital Stiffness Feeling Of Heaviness Sore Throat Thirst Irritability Delirium

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Wind Sweating, Aversion to cold, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Nausea, Perspiration, Occipital stiffness, Body pain, Muscle pain, Feeling of heaviness, Swollen joints... see more Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang | Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang | Cang Er Zi San | Xiao Feng San | Ku Shen Tang | Hai Tong Pi Tang
Dry-Wind Sweating, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Dry cough, Sore throat, Dry tongue... see more Sang Xing Tang
Wind-Heat Sweating, Aversion to cold, Fever, Sneezing, Coughing, Nasal discharge, Occipital stiffness, Occipital headache, Perspiration, Sore throat, Yellowish phlegm... see more Xiao Feng San | Yin Qiao San | Sang Ju Yin | Cong Chi Tang | Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang | Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang | Zhu Ye Cheng Liu Tang | Fang Feng Tong Sheng San | Bing Peng San | Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin
Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines Profuse sweating, Sweating on limbs, Afternoon fever, Perspiration, Abdominal fullness, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Dry stools, Thirst, Dark urine, Anal burning, Irritability, Delirium... see more Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang | Xiao Cheng Qi Tang
Bright Yang Stomach Heat Profuse sweating, High fever, Perspiration, Excessive thirst, Flushed face, Feeling hot, Irritability, Delirium... see more Bai Hu Tang
Wind-Damp Sweating, Perspiration, Feeling of heaviness, Edema, Urinary dysfunction, Ascites, Rheumatic heart disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Acute glomerulonephritis, Lumbar disc disease... see more Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang
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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Feeling Of Heaviness Fever Diarrhea Thirst Tight Feeling In Chest And Stomach Aversion To Cold Abdominal Pain Abdominal Fullness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine Sweating, Abdominal pain, Abdominal fullness, Diarrhea, Hematochezia, Mucous in feces, Smelly stools, Anal burning, Scanty and dark urine, Fever, Perspiration, Feeling hot, Thirst, Feeling of heaviness... see more Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang | Shao Yao Tang
Damp-Wind Sweating, Aversion to cold, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Nausea, Perspiration, Occipital stiffness, Body pain, Muscle pain, Feeling of heaviness, Swollen joints... see more Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang | Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang | Cang Er Zi San | Xiao Feng San | Ku Shen Tang | Hai Tong Pi Tang
Summer Heat with Dampness Sweating, 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
Wind-Damp Sweating, Perspiration, Feeling of heaviness, Edema, Urinary dysfunction, Ascites, Rheumatic heart disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Acute glomerulonephritis, Lumbar disc disease... see more Fang Ji Huang Qi 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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Irritability Delirium Chills Cold Extremities Pale Face Absence Of Thirst Low Energy Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Empty-Cold Sweating, 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
Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines Profuse sweating, Sweating on limbs, Afternoon fever, Perspiration, Abdominal fullness, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Dry stools, Thirst, Dark urine, Anal burning, Irritability, Delirium... see more Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang | Xiao Cheng Qi Tang
Bright Yang Stomach Heat Profuse sweating, High fever, Perspiration, Excessive thirst, Flushed face, Feeling hot, Irritability, Delirium... see more Bai Hu Tang
Detailed description of the cause

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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Menopausal Symptoms Irregular Periods Menopausal Hot Flashes Irritability Generalized Fatigue General Weakness Depression Night Sweats

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney Yin Deficiency Sweating, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan
Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang Sweating, Menopausal symptoms, Hypertension, Irregular periods, Menopausal hot flashes, Perspiration, Irritability, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Palpitations... see more Er Xian Tang
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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Weak Voice Generalized Fatigue Low Energy Reluctance To Speak Frequent Colds Or Flu Shortness Of Breath Coughing Diurnal Hyperhidrosis

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi Deficiency Daytime sweating, 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 Si Jun Zi Tang | Liu Jun Zi Tang
Lung Qi Deficiency Spontaneous daytime sweating, Diurnal hyperhidrosis, Reluctance to speak Si Jun Zi Tang | Jiu Xian San | Bu Fei Tang | Ren Shen Ge Jie San | Zhi Gan Cao Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Dryness

"Dryness" in TCM refers to a state where there is a lack of moisture in the body, much like how the land feels during a drought. It's a pattern of disharmony that can arise from external factors like dry weather or internal issues, such as insufficient fluid intake or certain lifestyle habits. When your body experiences this dryness, you might notice symptoms like dry skin, a scratchy throat, dry eyes, or even constipation. It's similar to the feeling of being parched or having dry, chapped lips in a very dry climate. TCM views this as an imbalance where the body's yin - often associated with moisture and cooling - is depleted.... see more

Dryness Patterns That Can Lead to Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Sore Throat Skin Dryness Dry Nose Dry Throat Dry Cough Aversion To Cold Xerostomia Fever

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire Sweating, Fever, Thirst, Perspiration, Sore throat, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Dry throat, Dry cough, Aversion to cold, Xerostomia... see more Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Xing Su San | Sang Xing Tang
Dry-Wind Sweating, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Dry cough, Sore throat, Dry tongue... see more Sang Xing Tang
Detailed description of the cause

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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Fever Aversion To Cold Headaches Feeling Of Heaviness Thirst Diarrhea Upper Abdominal Discomfort Irritability

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Summer-Heat Sweating, Fever, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Headaches, Feeling of heaviness, Upper abdominal discomfort, Irritability, Thirst... see more Liu Yi San | Qing Luo Yin | Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang
Summer Heat with Dampness Sweating, 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

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 Perspiration

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang Sweating, Menopausal symptoms, Hypertension, Irregular periods, Menopausal hot flashes, Perspiration, Irritability, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Palpitations... see more Er Xian Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Yang Collapse

Yang Collapse in TCM represents a severe and acute condition where the body's Yang energy, the driving force behind warmth and metabolic function, is drastically depleted. This state is more critical than a simple Yang deficiency and is considered an emergency in TCM. Symptoms of Yang Collapse include extreme coldness, especially in the limbs, a feeling of cold that is unrelieved by warmth, profuse cold sweating, shallow breathing, and a very weak and slow pulse. There may also be signs of severe metabolic slowing, such as lethargy, drowsiness, or even loss of consciousness, alongside pale or bluish complexion. Yang Collapse requires urgent treatment to rescue the patient from a potentially life-threatening state. The focus is on rapidly warming and reviving the Yang energy. ... see more

Yang Collapse Patterns That Can Lead to Perspiration

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Collapse of Yang Profuse sweating on the forehead, Low energy, Chills, Cold extremities, Bright pale face, Sweating on forehead, Absence of thirst, Urinary or fecal incontinence, Frequent urination, Diarrhea... see more Shen Fu Tang | Hui Yang Jiu Ji Tang
Detailed description of the cause

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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Shortness Of Breath Feeling Hot Thirst High Fever Cough With Thin Yellow Sputum Acne Diurnal Hyperhidrosis Reluctance To Speak

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Lung Heat Sweating, Feeling hot, Thirst, High fever, Cough with thin yellow sputum, Shortness of breath, Perspiration, Acne... see more Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang | Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan | Pi Pa Qing Fei Yin | Xie Bai San
Lung Qi Deficiency Spontaneous daytime sweating, Diurnal hyperhidrosis, Reluctance to speak Si Jun Zi Tang | Jiu Xian San | Bu Fei Tang | Ren Shen Ge Jie San | Zhi Gan Cao Tang
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 Perspiration

Common Symptoms: Irritability Delirium Afternoon Fever Sweating On Limbs Abdominal Fullness Abdominal Pain Constipation Dry Stools

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines Profuse sweating, Sweating on limbs, Afternoon fever, Perspiration, Abdominal fullness, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Dry stools, Thirst, Dark urine, Anal burning, Irritability, Delirium... see more Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang | Xiao Cheng Qi Tang
Bright Yang Stomach Heat Profuse sweating, High fever, Perspiration, Excessive thirst, Flushed face, Feeling hot, Irritability, Delirium... see more Bai Hu Tang
Detailed description of the cause

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 Perspiration

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine Sweating, Abdominal pain, Abdominal fullness, Diarrhea, Hematochezia, Mucous in feces, Smelly stools, Anal burning, Scanty and dark urine, Fever, Perspiration, Feeling hot, Thirst, Feeling of heaviness... see more Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang | Shao Yao Tang
Detailed description of the cause

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 Perspiration

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney Yin Deficiency Sweating, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan
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Small Intestine

In TCM the Small Intestine plays a critical role in receiving partially digested food from the Stomach and further separating the clear from the turbid, essentially distinguishing nutrients from waste. This process is vital for proper absorption and assimilation of food. The Small Intestine is also associated with clarity of judgment and decision-making. When it malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to digestive issues such as abdominal pain, bloating, poor appetite, or irregular bowel movements. Additionally, a malfunctioning Small Intestine may manifest as mental confusion or difficulty in making decisions, reflecting its role in discernment and clarity in both physical and mental realms. ... see more

Small Intestine Patterns That Can Lead to Perspiration

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines Profuse sweating, Sweating on limbs, Afternoon fever, Perspiration, Abdominal fullness, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Dry stools, Thirst, Dark urine, Anal burning, Irritability, Delirium... see more Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang | Xiao Cheng Qi Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Perspiration

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

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Heat
  • Wind
  • Dampness
  • Cold
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Dryness
  • Summer Heat
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Yang Collapse
  • External formulas for external disorders
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that clear wind-Heat
  • Formulas that release the exterior and clear the interior
  • Formulas that clear wind-Cold
  • Formulas that dredge and disperse external wind
  • Formulas that disperse dryness and moisten
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of dampness
  • Formulas that clear early-stage exterior disorders
  • Formulas that rescue devastated yang
  • Formulas that purge heat accumulation
  • Formulas that dispel wind-Damp
  • Formulas that clear dryness
  • Formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness
  • Formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind
  • Formulas that clear heat and transform phlegm
  • Formulas that clear lung-Heat
  • Formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and resolve exterior
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and clear heat
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and augment qi
  • Formulas that release the exterior and purge the interior
  • Formulas that clear heat and resolve toxicity
  • Formulas that stabilize exterior and stop sweating
  • Formulas that clear qi-level heat
  • Formulas that secure lungs and stop coughing
  • Formulas that tonify qi and blood

All Formulas Recommended for Perspiration Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Yin Qiao San Exterior-Heat, Wind-Heat
Sang Xing Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Xiao Feng San Wind-Heat
Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Shao Yao Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Xing Su San Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Shi Gao Tang Exterior-Heat
Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang Lung Heat
Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan Lung Heat
Pi Pa Qing Fei Yin Lung Heat
Xie Bai San Lung Heat
Sang Ju Yin Wind-Heat
Cong Chi Tang Wind-Heat
Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang Wind-Heat
Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang Wind-Heat
Zhu Ye Cheng Liu Tang Wind-Heat
Fang Feng Tong Sheng San Wind-Heat
Bing Peng San Wind-Heat
Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin Wind-Heat
Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines
Xiao Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines
Bai Hu Tang Bright Yang Stomach Heat

All Formulas Recommended for Perspiration Caused by Wind

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xiao Feng San Damp-Wind, Wind-Heat
Sang Xing Tang Dry-Wind
Yin Qiao San Wind-Heat
Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang Damp-Wind
Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang Damp-Wind
Cang Er Zi San Damp-Wind
Ku Shen Tang Damp-Wind
Hai Tong Pi Tang Damp-Wind
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Wind-Damp
Sang Ju Yin Wind-Heat
Cong Chi Tang Wind-Heat
Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang Wind-Heat
Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang Wind-Heat
Zhu Ye Cheng Liu Tang Wind-Heat
Fang Feng Tong Sheng San Wind-Heat
Bing Peng San Wind-Heat
Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin Wind-Heat
Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines
Xiao Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines
Bai Hu Tang Bright Yang Stomach Heat

All Formulas Recommended for Perspiration Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xiao Feng San Damp-Wind
Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Shao Yao Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang Damp-Wind
Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang Damp-Wind
Cang Er Zi San Damp-Wind
Ku Shen Tang Damp-Wind
Hai Tong Pi Tang Damp-Wind
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Wind-Damp
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 Perspiration Caused by Cold

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines
Xiao Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines
Bai Hu Tang Bright Yang Stomach Heat

All Formulas Recommended for Perspiration Caused by Yin Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 Kidney Yin Deficiency
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Perspiration Caused by Qi Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Si Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency, Lung Qi Deficiency
Liu Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency
Jiu Xian San Lung Qi Deficiency
Bu Fei Tang Lung Qi Deficiency
Ren Shen Ge Jie San Lung Qi Deficiency
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Lung Qi Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Perspiration Caused by Dryness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Sang Xing Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire, Dry-Wind
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Xing Su San Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire

All Formulas Recommended for Perspiration Caused by Summer Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Yi San Summer-Heat
Qing Luo Yin Summer-Heat
Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Summer-Heat
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 Perspiration Caused by Yang Collapse

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Shen Fu Tang Collapse of Yang
Hui Yang Jiu Ji Tang Collapse of Yang

All "external formulas for external disorders" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yin Qiao San Exterior-Heat, Wind-Heat
Ku Shen Tang Damp-Wind
Hai Tong Pi Tang Damp-Wind
Bing Peng San Wind-Heat

All "formulas that tonify qi" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Si Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency, Lung Qi Deficiency
Liu Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency
Bu Fei Tang Lung Qi Deficiency
Ren Shen Ge Jie San Lung Qi Deficiency

All "formulas that clear heat from the organs" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Shao Yao Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang Lung Heat
Xie Bai San Lung Heat

All "formulas that release the exterior and clear the interior" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Shi Gao Tang Exterior-Heat

All "formulas that clear wind-Cold" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang Damp-Wind
Gui Zhi Tang Exterior-Empty

All "formulas that dredge and disperse external wind" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xiao Feng San Damp-Wind, Wind-Heat
Cang Er Zi San Damp-Wind

All "formulas that tonify yin and yang" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that dispel summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of dampness" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Liu Yi San Summer-Heat
Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin Summer Heat with Dampness

All "formulas that rescue devastated yang" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Shen Fu Tang Heart Yang Collapsing, Collapse of Yang
Hui Yang Jiu Ji Tang Collapse of Yang

All "formulas that nourish yin and tonify" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that clear wind-Heat" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Sang Ju Yin Wind-Heat
Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang Wind-Heat
Zhu Ye Cheng Liu Tang Wind-Heat

All "formulas that disperse dryness and moisten" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Xing Su San Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire

All "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold

All "formulas that clear early-stage exterior disorders" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Cong Chi Tang Wind-Heat
Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang Wind-Heat

All "formulas that purge heat accumulation" recommended for perspiration

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines
Xiao Cheng Qi Tang Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines

Acupoints for Perspiration

See more details below about Hegu LI-4, an acupoint used to address perspiration.

  • By Meridian
  • Large Intestine Channel
Hegu LI-4

Hegu LI-4

Between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.