Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

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Diagnosis

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

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

Tongue color: Pale

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).

Related conditions

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

Diagnosing Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine

Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen will tend to exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen might experience symptoms like chest fullness, chest pain, anemia and dizziness (full list here above).

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 with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. 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 Rebellious Liver Qi invading the Spleen.

Read more about Xiao Yao San

Most important herbs used to treat Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen