Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Anemia Vertigo Dizziness Headaches Dry mouth and eight other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Pale

Treatment

Common formulas: Xiao Yao San

Pathology

Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen gives rise to such diverse symptoms as chest fullness, chest pain, anemia and dizziness (as well as nine others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen patients tend to exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers or hepatitis (as well as eight others).

Diagnosing Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Pale

Main symptoms: Anemia Vertigo Dizziness Headaches Dry mouth Chest pain Dry throat Leukorrhea Poor appetite Chest fullness Breast distention Irregular menstruation Alternating fever and chills

Treating Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

Herbal formulas used to treat Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

Xiao Yao San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen. Relieves Liver Qi stagnation. Nourishes the Blood.

Formula summary

Xiao Yao San is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Liver-Spleen.

Besides Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, Xiao Yao San is also used to treat Liver Blood Stagnation or Liver Qi Deficiency.

Read more about Xiao Yao San

Related conditions

Chronic gastritis Peptic ulcers Hepatitis Cholecystitis Gastric neurosis Cirrhosis Premenstrual syndrome Fibrocystic breasts Perimenopausal syndrome Pelvic inflammatory disease Uterine fibroids