Early stage schizophrenia according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, early stage schizophrenia is sometimes associated with Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat, 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 early stage schizophrenia might be caused by the pattern Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from early stage schizophrenia alone. Indeed if early stage schizophrenia is caused by Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat, patients also experience symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, dizziness or vertigo, dream disturbed sleep with strange or unusual dreams and palpitations. Similarly, patients with Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat so that you can have a better understanding of where early stage schizophrenia 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 Wen Dan Tang, a formula that can help treat Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat.

Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with early stage schizophrenia

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Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat

Early stage schizophrenia might be due to Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, dizziness or vertigo, dream disturbed sleep with strange or unusual dreams and palpitations. Similarly, patients with Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.

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Wen Dan Tang, a herbal formula that might help with early stage schizophrenia

Wen Dan Tang

Source date: 1174 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Clears Hot-Phlegm. Clears Gallbladder heat. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Why might Wen Dan Tang help with early stage schizophrenia?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat, a pattern sometimes associated with early stage schizophrenia. If it looks like you might suffer from Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Wen Dan Tang here