The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
Body Fluids are all the fluids in the body, except from Blood. This means that their Deficiency will inevitable result in various symptoms of Dryness. Typical symptoms include dry skin, dry mouth, dry nose, dry cough, dry lips and dry tongue.
A Deficiency of Body Fluids can cause Yin Deficiency but it can also be caused by a Yin Deficiency. Indeed Body Fluids are part of Yin and it is sometimes a first step to a more generalized Yin Deficiency. Inversely a Body Fluid Deficiency can also derive from Yin deficiency: if Yin is Deficient
over a long period of time, Body Fluids will become Deficient too.
Other causes include a bad diet (for instance a diet that's too rich in drying foods such as baked foods) or a heavy and prolonged loss of fluids such as diarrhea, vomiting or sweating. Similarly, as there is a constant interchange between Body Fluids and Blood, a Deficiency of Fluids can also derive from a heavy loss of Blood, such as during childbirth, or from excessively heavy periods.
Body Fluids (Jin Ye) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Body Fluids in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se) or fine (Xi)
Tongue shape: Cracked
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 Body Fluids Deficiency will tend to exhibit choppy (Se) or fine (Xi) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Body Fluids Deficiency might experience symptoms like dry tongue, dry skin, dry nose and dry cough (full list here above).
Source date: 1798 AD
Number of ingredients: 11 herbs
Key actions: Clears Dry-Cold. Disseminates the Lung Qi and relieves cough. Transforms thin mucus.
Xing Su San is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Apricot Seeds (Xing Ren) and Perilla Leaves (Zi Su Ye) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that disperse Dryness and moisten.
Source date: 1573 AD
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin. Lubricates the Lung and clears phlegm.
Bai He Gu Jin Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Lily Bulbs (Bai He), Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1573 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.
Source date: 1798 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Yin and Essence. Lubricates Dryness.
Zeng Ye Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ningpo Figwort Roots (Xuan Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that enrich Yin and moisten Dryness.
Besides Body Fluids Deficiency, Zeng Ye Tang is also used to treat Dryness in Large Intestine.