Chronic urticaria according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, chronic urticaria is sometimes associated with Yin and Blood Deficiency, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's chronic urticaria might be caused by the pattern Yin and Blood Deficiency, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from chronic urticaria alone. Indeed if chronic urticaria is caused by Yin and Blood Deficiency, patients also experience symptoms such as irritability, palpitations with anxiety, fatigue and insomnia with very restless sleep. Similarly, patients with Yin and Blood Deficiency typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a red tongue with partial absence of coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Yin and Blood Deficiency so that you can have a better understanding of where chronic urticaria might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below two formulas that can help treat Yin and Blood Deficiency.

Yin and Blood Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with chronic urticaria

Yin and Blood Deficiency

Chronic urticaria might be due to Yin and Blood Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as irritability, palpitations with anxiety, fatigue and insomnia with very restless sleep. Similarly, patients with Yin and Blood Deficiency typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a red tongue with partial absence of coating.

Read more about Yin and Blood Deficiency here

The two herbal formulas that might help with chronic urticaria

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

Source date: 16th century

Number of ingredients: 14 herbs

Key actions: Nutritive tonic: Nourishes Yin, Blood and Vital Essence of the Heart and Kidney. Clears away pathogenic Heat, clears Deficient Heat. Sedative.

Why might Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan help with chronic urticaria?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Yin and Blood Deficiency, a pattern sometimes associated with chronic urticaria. If it looks like you might suffer from Yin and Blood Deficiency, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan here

Shi Quan Da Bu Tang

Source date: 1180 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies Qi. Warms and tonifies Blood.

Why might Shi Quan Da Bu Tang help with chronic urticaria?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat , a pattern sometimes associated with chronic urticaria. If it looks like you might suffer from , this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Shi Quan Da Bu Tang here