Symptom family: Oral Dryness

Root Causes of Xerostomia in TCM

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

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Heat
  • Dryness
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Dampness
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Cold
  • Essence Deficiency
  • Body Fluids Deficiency
  • Yang Excess
  • Phlegm
  • Wind
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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Night Sweats Insomnia Dry Throat Dizziness Tinnitus Hot Palms And Soles Dry Stools Generalized Fatigue

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Night sweats, Feeling of uneasiness, Feeling hot, Heat sensation in palms Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Night sweats, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more He Che Da Zao Wan | Tiao Gan Tang | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang | Zuo Gui Yin | Si Wu Tang
Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Afternoon heat sensation, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry mouth and throat at night, Night sweats, Cardiac burning sensation, Hot palms and soles, Dry stools, Scanty and dark urine, Flushed cheekbones... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang | Huang Lian E Jiao Tang | Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang | Suan Zao Ren Tang
Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Night dry coughing, Dry throat, Xerostomia, Emaciation, Exertional dyspnea, Lower back pain, Night sweats, Hearing loss, Oliguria... see more Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan
Lung Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Hoarse voice, Itchy throat, Reluctance to speak, Thin chest Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang | Bu Fei E Jiao Tang | Jiu Xian San
Kidney Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, 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 Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Zuo Gui Yin | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, 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 Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Lack of appetite, Preference for sipping, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Yi Wei Tang
Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney Yin Dry mouth, Sore knees, Lower back pain, Knee weakness, Xerostomia, Dry tongue, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Hair graying... see more Er Zhi Wan
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Stomach Deficiency Dry mouth, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang | Mai Men Dong 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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Restlessness Dry Throat Thirst Fever Flushed Cheekbones Constipation Dry Stools Dizziness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire Dry mouth, Fever, Thirst, Perspiration, Sore throat, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Dry throat, Dry cough, Aversion to cold, Xerostomia... see more Xing Su San | Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Sang Xing Tang
Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Afternoon heat sensation, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry mouth and throat at night, Night sweats, Cardiac burning sensation, Hot palms and soles, Dry stools, Scanty and dark urine, Flushed cheekbones... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang | Huang Lian E Jiao Tang | Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang | Suan Zao Ren Tang
Heat in the Blood Dry mouth, Feeling hot, Red skin eruptions, Thirst, Frequent bleeding, Bloody sputum, Hematochezia, Hematuria, Vomiting blood, Hemoptysis, Nosebleeds, Excessive menstruation... see more Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang | Gu Jing Wan | Shi Hui San | Bai He Di Huang Tang | Hua Ban Tang | Qing Ying Tang | Qing Re Gu Jing Tang
Damp-Heat Dry mouth, 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 Er Miao San | Xiao Yao San | Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang
Phlegm-Heat Dry mouth, Upper abdominal oppression, Mucous in feces, Depression Wen Dan Tang | Ding Chuan Tang | Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan | Gun Tan Wan
Stomach Heat or Fire Dry mouth, Upper abdominal burning pain, Excessive thirst, Craving for cold beverages, Restlessness, Dry stools, Xerostomia, Mouth ulcers, Acid reflux, Nausea, Vomiting after eating, Excessive hunger, Halitosis, Feeling hot, Acne... see more Hua Ban Tang | Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang | Qing Wei San | Xie Huang San | Fei Er Wan
Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner Dry mouth, Scanty and yellow urine, Lower back pain, Weakness of lower extremities, Red and swollen feet, Swollen knee, Thick greasy vaginal secretions, Ulcers on the lower limbs, Scanty and dark urine, Painful urination, Xerostomia... see more Ba Zheng San
Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat Dry mouth, Tooth pain, Headaches, Stomatitis, Periodontitis, Glossitis, Trigeminal neuralgia, Diabetes, Viral myocarditis, Breast engorgement, Breast lumps... see more Gua Lou San | Yu Nu Jian | Wen Dan Tang
Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat Dry mouth, Irritability, Spontaneous sweat, Eye hyperemia, Xerostomia, Palpitations, Lower abdominal oppression, Painful urination, Excessive menstruation, Abnormal uterine bleeding, Tidal fever... see more Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Stomach Deficiency Dry mouth, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang | Mai Men Dong 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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Dry Throat Aversion To Cold Skin Dryness Dry Nose Fever Thirst Perspiration Sore Throat

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Dry-Cold Dry mouth, Fever, Headaches, Aversion to cold, Skin dryness, Lack of sweating, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Coughing, Scanty sputum... see more Xing Su San
Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire Dry mouth, Fever, Thirst, Perspiration, Sore throat, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Dry throat, Dry cough, Aversion to cold, Xerostomia... see more Xing Su San | Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Sang Xing Tang
Dry-Wind Dry mouth, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Dry cough, Sore throat, Dry tongue... see more Sang Xing Tang
Large Intestine Dryness Dry mouth, Dry stools, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Emaciation, Dizziness, Halitosis Zeng Ye Tang | Ma Zi Ren Wan
Dryness in Large Intestine Dry mouth, Constipation, Thirst, Dry stools, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Poor constitution, Dizziness, Halitosis, Irritable bowel syndrome, Hemorrhoids... see more Zeng Ye 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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Palpitations Lack Of Appetite Irritability Spontaneous Sweat Eye Hyperemia Lower Abdominal Oppression Painful Urination

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat Dry mouth, Irritability, Spontaneous sweat, Eye hyperemia, Xerostomia, Palpitations, Lower abdominal oppression, Painful urination, Excessive menstruation, Abnormal uterine bleeding, Tidal fever... see more Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
Stomach Deficiency Dry mouth, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang | Mai Men Dong Tang
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Dry mouth, 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
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Dry mouth, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Diarrhea, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Dry Throat Generalized Fatigue Dizziness Skin Dryness Lack Of Appetite Anemia Primary Amenorrhea Lower Back Pain

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Dry mouth, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Dry mouth, 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 Dry mouth, Chest distension, Chest pain, Anemia, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea... see more Xiao Yao San
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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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Lower Back Pain Scanty And Dark Urine Lower Abdominal Pain Glomerulonephritis Cystitis Feeling Of Heaviness Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge Generalized Fatigue

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat Dry mouth, 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 Er Miao San | Xiao Yao San | Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang
Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner Dry mouth, Scanty and yellow urine, Lower back pain, Weakness of lower extremities, Red and swollen feet, Swollen knee, Thick greasy vaginal secretions, Ulcers on the lower limbs, Scanty and dark urine, Painful urination, Xerostomia... see more Ba Zheng San
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Dry mouth, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Diarrhea, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
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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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Irritability Spontaneous Sweat Eye Hyperemia Palpitations Lower Abdominal Oppression Painful Urination Excessive Menstruation Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat Dry mouth, Irritability, Spontaneous sweat, Eye hyperemia, Xerostomia, Palpitations, Lower abdominal oppression, Painful urination, Excessive menstruation, Abnormal uterine bleeding, Tidal fever... see more Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach Dry mouth, 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
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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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Fever Headaches Aversion To Cold Skin Dryness Lack Of Sweating Dry Throat Coughing Scanty Sputum

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Dry-Cold Dry mouth, Fever, Headaches, Aversion to cold, Skin dryness, Lack of sweating, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Coughing, Scanty sputum... see more Xing Su San
Stomach Deficiency Dry mouth, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang | Mai Men Dong Tang
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Essence Deficiency

In TCM "Essence" (Jing) deficiency refers to a depletion of the body's fundamental substance, which is vital for growth, development, reproduction, and overall vitality. Jing, often translated as "Essence," is a unique concept in TCM, seen as the basis of all life activities and inherited from our parents. Essence deficiency manifests in various symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, weakness, slow physical or mental development, fertility issues, premature aging, weak bones, and a lackluster complexion. It can also affect the hair, leading to premature greying or hair loss. This pattern of disharmony often arises from congenital factors, chronic illness, overwork, or excessive behaviors that drain the body's resources. ... see more

Essence Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Xerostomia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Dry mouth, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
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Body Fluids Deficiency

In TCM a deficiency of body fluids indicates an imbalance where the body lacks sufficient Yin fluids, which are crucial for lubrication and nourishment. This condition often results from prolonged illness, overexertion, or consuming too many drying or heating foods. Symptoms of body fluid deficiency can include dryness in the skin, eyes, mouth, and throat, as well as a dry cough, constipation, and a feeling of thirst. Additionally, there might be more subtle signs like a dry tongue, a thin pulse, and a general sense of fatigue or weakness. This pattern of disharmony reflects an underlying insufficiency in the body's ability to generate and maintain essential fluids, which are vital for the proper functioning of organs and systems.... see more

Body Fluids Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Xerostomia

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

Yang Excess in TCM refers to a state where there is an overabundance of Yang energy, leading to symptoms of heat and hyperactivity in the body. This pattern of disharmony often arises from factors like stress, excessive physical activity, overconsumption of spicy or heating foods, or an internal imbalance that causes Yang to flare up. Symptoms of Yang Excess include a feeling of heat, red face, irritability, restlessness, thirst, constipation, and a rapid, forceful pulse. Treatment in TCM for Yang Excess aims to cool down and subdue the excessive Yang while nurturing Yin energy to restore balance.... see more

Yang Excess Patterns That Can Lead to Xerostomia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Yang Rising Dry mouth, Headaches, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Deafness, Blurry vision, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Insomnia, Irritability, Exhaustion, Anger, Stiff neck, Shoulder stiffness, Stiff upper back... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin | Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang | Da Chai Hu Tang | Zhen Zhu Mu Wan | Zhen Xin An Shen 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 Xerostomia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Phlegm-Heat Dry mouth, Upper abdominal oppression, Mucous in feces, Depression Wen Dan Tang | Ding Chuan Tang | Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan | Gun Tan Wan
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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 Xerostomia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Dry-Wind Dry mouth, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Skin dryness, Dry nose, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Dry cough, Sore throat, Dry tongue... see more Sang Xing 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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Dry Throat Lower Back Pain Insomnia Blurry Vision Menopausal Symptoms Headaches Irritability

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Night sweats, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more He Che Da Zao Wan | Tiao Gan Tang | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang | Zuo Gui Yin | Si Wu Tang
Liver Yang Rising Dry mouth, Headaches, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Deafness, Blurry vision, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Insomnia, Irritability, Exhaustion, Anger, Stiff neck, Shoulder stiffness, Stiff upper back... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin | Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang | Da Chai Hu Tang | Zhen Zhu Mu Wan | Zhen Xin An Shen Tang
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Dry mouth, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney Yin Dry mouth, Sore knees, Lower back pain, Knee weakness, Xerostomia, Dry tongue, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Hair graying... see more Er Zhi Wan
Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat Dry mouth, Irritability, Spontaneous sweat, Eye hyperemia, Xerostomia, Palpitations, Lower abdominal oppression, Painful urination, Excessive menstruation, Abnormal uterine bleeding, Tidal fever... see more Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach Dry mouth, 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 Dry mouth, Chest distension, Chest pain, Anemia, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea... see more Xiao Yao San
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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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Lower Back Pain Dizziness Dry Throat Night Sweats Tinnitus Insomnia Blurry Vision Generalized Fatigue

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Night sweats, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more He Che Da Zao Wan | Tiao Gan Tang | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang | Zuo Gui Yin | Si Wu Tang
Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Night dry coughing, Dry throat, Xerostomia, Emaciation, Exertional dyspnea, Lower back pain, Night sweats, Hearing loss, Oliguria... see more Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan
Kidney Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, 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 Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Zuo Gui Yin | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Dry mouth, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney Yin Dry mouth, Sore knees, Lower back pain, Knee weakness, Xerostomia, Dry tongue, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Hair graying... see more Er Zhi Wan
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
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Stomach

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

Stomach Patterns That Can Lead to Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Lack Of Appetite Constipation Bleeding Gums Dry Throat Morning Sickness Dry Stools Diabetes Thirst

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, 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 Heat or Fire Dry mouth, Upper abdominal burning pain, Excessive thirst, Craving for cold beverages, Restlessness, Dry stools, Xerostomia, Mouth ulcers, Acid reflux, Nausea, Vomiting after eating, Excessive hunger, Halitosis, Feeling hot, Acne... see more Hua Ban Tang | Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang | Qing Wei San | Xie Huang San | Fei Er Wan
Stomach Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Lack of appetite, Preference for sipping, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Mai Men Dong Tang | Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Yi Wei Tang
Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat Dry mouth, Tooth pain, Headaches, Stomatitis, Periodontitis, Glossitis, Trigeminal neuralgia, Diabetes, Viral myocarditis, Breast engorgement, Breast lumps... see more Gua Lou San | Yu Nu Jian | Wen Dan Tang
Stomach Deficiency Dry mouth, Nausea or vomiting, Generalized fatigue, Chills, Lack of appetite, Depression, Xerostomia, Morning sickness... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Er Chen Tang | Mai Men Dong Tang
Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach Dry mouth, 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

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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Lack Of Appetite Generalized Fatigue Palpitations Menopausal Symptoms Dry Throat Anemia Hepatitis Irritability

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, 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
Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat Dry mouth, Irritability, Spontaneous sweat, Eye hyperemia, Xerostomia, Palpitations, Lower abdominal oppression, Painful urination, Excessive menstruation, Abnormal uterine bleeding, Tidal fever... see more Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Dry mouth, 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
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Dry mouth, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Diarrhea, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen Dry mouth, 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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Palpitations Poor Memory Dry Throat Night Sweats Insomnia Anxiety Flushed Cheekbones Restlessness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Night sweats, Feeling of uneasiness, Feeling hot, Heat sensation in palms Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Night sweats, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency Dry mouth, 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

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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Dry Throat Night Sweats Dizziness Tinnitus Night Dry Coughing Emaciation Exertional Dyspnea Lower Back Pain

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Night dry coughing, Dry throat, Xerostomia, Emaciation, Exertional dyspnea, Lower back pain, Night sweats, Hearing loss, Oliguria... see more Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan
Lung Yin Deficiency Dry mouth, Hoarse voice, Itchy throat, Reluctance to speak, Thin chest Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang | Bu Fei E Jiao Tang | Jiu Xian San
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 Xerostomia

Common Symptoms: Dry Stools Dry Throat Dizziness Halitosis Emaciation Constipation Thirst Poor Constitution

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Large Intestine Dryness Dry mouth, Dry stools, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Emaciation, Dizziness, Halitosis Zeng Ye Tang | Ma Zi Ren Wan
Dryness in Large Intestine Dry mouth, Constipation, Thirst, Dry stools, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Poor constitution, Dizziness, Halitosis, Irritable bowel syndrome, Hemorrhoids... see more Zeng Ye Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Xerostomia

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

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Heat
  • Dryness
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Dampness
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Cold
  • Essence Deficiency
  • Body Fluids Deficiency
  • Yang Excess
  • Phlegm
  • Wind
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind
  • Formulas that clear heat from deficiency
  • Formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that tonify blood
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness
  • Formulas that disperse dryness and moisten
  • Formulas that clear nutritive-level heat
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen
  • Formulas that pacify and extinguish internal wind
  • Formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm
  • Formulas that clear heat and transform phlegm
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that clear heat and resolve toxicity
  • Formulas that clear dryness
  • Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge
  • Formulas that stop bleeding
  • Formulas that clear heat from qi and blood
  • Formulas that moisten intestines and unblock bowels
  • Formulas that release the exterior and purge the interior
  • Formulas that sedate and calm the mind
  • Formulas that secure lungs and stop coughing
  • Formulas that clear liver-Heat
  • Formulas that expel dampness
  • Formulas that dispel phlegm
  • Formulas that promote qi movement
  • Formulas that clear heat
  • Formulas for a rebellious qi
  • Formulas that clear lung-Heat
  • Formulas that tonify
  • Formulas that purge heat accumulation
  • Formulas that reduce food accumulation and transform stagnation
  • Formulas that warm and transform water and dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Yin Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Heart Yin Deficiency, Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Zuo Gui Yin Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency, Stomach Yin Deficiency
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency, Stomach Yin Deficiency
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys
He Che Da Zao Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Kidney Yin Deficiency
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Tiao Gan Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Gui Shao Di Huang Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Si Wu Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Huang Lian E Jiao Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Suan Zao Ren Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Er Zhi Wan Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney Yin
Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency
Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Bu Fei E Jiao Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Jiu Xian San Lung Yin Deficiency
Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San Kidney Yin Deficiency
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Stomach Deficiency
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency
Yi Wei Tang Stomach Yin Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Wen Dan Tang Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, Phlegm-Heat
Hua Ban Tang Heat in the Blood, Stomach Heat or Fire
Xing Su San Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Sang Xing Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Xiao Yao San Damp-Heat
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency
Ba Zheng San Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner
Gua Lou San Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat
Yu Nu Jian Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat
Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Huang Lian E Jiao Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Suan Zao Ren Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang Heat in the Blood
Gu Jing Wan Heat in the Blood
Shi Hui San Heat in the Blood
Bai He Di Huang Tang Heat in the Blood
Qing Ying Tang Heat in the Blood
Qing Re Gu Jing Tang Heat in the Blood
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat
Er Miao San Damp-Heat
Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang Damp-Heat
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Stomach Deficiency
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency
Ding Chuan Tang Phlegm-Heat
Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan Phlegm-Heat
Gun Tan Wan Phlegm-Heat
Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang Stomach Heat or Fire
Qing Wei San Stomach Heat or Fire
Xie Huang San Stomach Heat or Fire
Fei Er Wan Stomach Heat or Fire

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Dryness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xing Su San Dry-Cold, Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Zeng Ye Tang Large Intestine Dryness, Dryness in Large Intestine
Sang Xing Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire, Dry-Wind
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Ma Zi Ren Wan Large Intestine Dryness

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Qi Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Stomach Deficiency
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency
Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Blood Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
He Che Da Zao Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
Xiao Yao San Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen
Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xiao Yao San Damp-Heat
Ba Zheng San Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner
Er Miao San Damp-Heat
Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang Damp-Heat
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Qi Stagnation

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat
Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach
Zuo Jin Wan Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Cold

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xing Su San Dry-Cold
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Stomach Deficiency
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Essence Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
He Che Da Zao Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Body Fluids Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xing Su San Body Fluids Deficiency
Zeng Ye Tang Body Fluids Deficiency
Bai He Gu Jin Tang Body Fluids Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Yang Excess

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Yang Rising
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Liver Yang Rising
Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin Liver Yang Rising
Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang Liver Yang Rising
Da Chai Hu Tang Liver Yang Rising
Zhen Zhu Mu Wan Liver Yang Rising
Zhen Xin An Shen Tang Liver Yang Rising

All Formulas Recommended for Xerostomia Caused by Phlegm

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Wen Dan Tang Phlegm-Heat
Ding Chuan Tang Phlegm-Heat
Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan Phlegm-Heat
Gun Tan Wan Phlegm-Heat

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

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency, Liver Yang Rising, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Zuo Gui Yin Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Liver Yang Rising, Kidney Yin Deficiency
Tiao Gan Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Gui Shao Di Huang Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Bai He Gu Jin Tang Body Fluids Deficiency
Er Zhi Wan Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney Yin
Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency
Bu Fei E Jiao Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Yi Wei Tang Stomach Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Zeng Ye Tang Body Fluids Deficiency, Large Intestine Dryness, Dryness in Large Intestine
Mai Men Dong Tang Stomach Deficiency, Stomach Yin Deficiency
Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang Lung Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Heart Yin Deficiency, Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Huang Lian E Jiao Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Suan Zao Ren Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Zhen Xin An Shen Tang Liver Yang Rising

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

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xing Su San Body Fluids Deficiency, Dry-Cold, Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire, Lung Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify blood" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency
Si Wu Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xiao Yao San Damp-Heat, Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation with Spleen Qi Deficiency that transforms into Heat

All "formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Wen Dan Tang Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, Phlegm-Heat
Er Chen Tang Stomach Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify qi" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Stomach and Spleen Yin Deficiency, Stomach Yin Deficiency
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

All "formulas that clear heat from deficiency" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Bai He Di Huang Tang Heat in the Blood
Qing Re Gu Jing Tang Heat in the Blood

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

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yu Nu Jian Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat
Qing Wei San Stomach Heat or Fire
Xie Huang San Stomach Heat or Fire

All "formulas that clear heat and expel dampness" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ba Zheng San Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner
Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang Damp-Heat

All "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang Heat in the Blood
Qing Ying Tang Heat in the Blood

All "formulas that pacify and extinguish internal wind" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin Liver Yang Rising
Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang Liver Yang Rising

All "formulas that clear heat and transform phlegm" recommended for xerostomia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan Phlegm-Heat
Gun Tan Wan Phlegm-Heat

Acupoints for Xerostomia

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

  • By Meridian
  • Pericardium Channel
  • Lung Channel
  • Governing Vessel
  • Bladder Channel
  • Triple Burner Channel
  • Heart Channel
  • Kidney Channel
Quze P-3

Quze P-3

On the transverse cubital crease, at the ulnar side of the tendon of biceps brachii muscle.

Laogong P-8

Laogong P-8

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

Chize LU-5

Chize LU-5

On the cubital crease, on the redial aspect of the biceps tendon. It can be easily identified when the elbow is slightly flexed.

Duiduan DU-27

Duiduan DU-27

On the midline, at the junction of the philtrum and the upper lip.

Feishu BL-13

Feishu BL-13

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 3rd thoracic vertebra (T3).

Guanchong TB-1

Guanchong TB-1

On the lateral side of the ring finger, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.

Jiquan HE-1

Jiquan HE-1

In the center of the axilla, on the medial side of the axillary artery.

Rangu KID-2

Rangu KID-2

Anterior and inferior to the medial malleolus tip, in the depression on the lower border of the navicular bone, at the border of the 'red and white' skin.