Yellow Vaginal Dischargeaccording to TCM

Root Causes of Yellow Vaginal Discharge in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Yellow vaginal discharge according to TCM.

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  • By Organ
  • Liver
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 Yellow Vaginal Discharge

Common Symptoms: Lower Back Pain Fever Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge Sticky Vaginal Discharge Vaginal Itching Dark Urine Scanty And Dark Urine Xerostomia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat Yellow or brown vaginal discharge, 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 Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Yi Huang Tang
Toxic-Heat Yellow vaginal discharge, Fever, Edema, Pus and discharge, Boils, Carbuncles, Pustule, Red skin eruptions, Sore throat, Eczema, Perineum swollen, Prostate swollen, Testicular swelling, Mouth ulcers, Tonsil swelling... see more Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin
Damp-Heat in the Liver Yellow vaginal discharge, 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, 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 in the Lower Burner Thick yellow smelly vaginal discharge, 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 Er Miao San
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Yellow vaginal discharge, Vulvar itching, Painful intercourse, 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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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 Yellow Vaginal Discharge

Common Symptoms: Vaginal Itching Lower Back Pain Scanty And Dark Urine Xerostomia Lower Abdominal Pain Fever Sticky Taste In The Mouth Feeling Of Heaviness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat Yellow or brown vaginal discharge, 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 Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Yi Huang Tang
Damp-Heat in the Liver Yellow vaginal discharge, 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, 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 in the Lower Burner Thick yellow smelly vaginal discharge, 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 Er Miao San
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Yellow vaginal discharge, Vulvar itching, Painful intercourse, 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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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 Yellow Vaginal Discharge

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Qi Stagnation Yellow vaginal discharge, 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
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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 Yellow Vaginal Discharge

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Yang Excess or Full Yang Yellow vaginal discharge, Feeling hot, Hyperactivity, Lack of sweating, Heat intolerance, Constipation Da Cheng Qi 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 Yellow Vaginal Discharge

Common Symptoms: Irregular Periods Menstrual Cramps Irritability Nausea Vomit Lack Of Appetite Fever Sticky Vaginal Discharge

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Qi Stagnation Yellow vaginal discharge, 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
Damp-Heat in the Liver Yellow vaginal discharge, 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, 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 in the Liver Channel Yellow vaginal discharge, Vulvar itching, Painful intercourse, 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 Yellow Vaginal Discharge

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

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that expel dampness
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge
  • Formulas that clear external abscesses and sores
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness
  • Formulas that purge heat accumulation

All Formulas Recommended for Yellow Vaginal Discharge Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Liver, Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel
Er Miao San Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin Toxic-Heat
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat in the Liver

All Formulas Recommended for Yellow Vaginal Discharge Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Liver, Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel
Er Miao San Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat in the Liver

TCM Herbs for Yellow Vaginal Discharge

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address yellow vaginal discharge, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that stabilize and bind
  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Cool/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Purgative herbs that drain downward

"Herbs that stabilize and bind" recommended for yellow vaginal discharge

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Foxnut Seeds (Qian Shi) Yi Huang Tang
Ailanthus Barks (Chun Pi) Not applicable

"Herbs that clear Heat and dry Dampness" recommended for yellow vaginal discharge

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Phellodendron Bark (Huang Bo) Er Miao San
Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) Long Dan Xie Gan Tang