Cold invading the Large Intestine

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 寒犯大肠

Pinyin name: Hán Fàn Dà Cháng

Associated TCM concepts: Cold evil Large Intestine

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Diarrhea Abdominal pain Feeling of cold Cold sensation in abdomen

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Tight (Jin)

Tongue description: Thick white coating

Like the Stomach and the Uterus, the large Intestine is one of the three Organs that the external Cold can invade directly. It is a Full Cold pattern and the Cold Evil penetrates the Defensive Qi and resides in the Large Intestine. The Cold then impairs the Qi circulation of the Lower Burner, hence the symptoms of sudden abdominal pain and cold sensation in the abdomen. The Cold also disturbs the Large Intestine's function of absorbing Body Fluids and it causes diarrhoea with pain. 

The thick tongue coating indicates a Pernicious Influence sudden invasion. The Deep pulse reflects this Pernicious Influence is in the Interior and the Tight pulse suggests there are actual Full Cold. 

Diagnosing Cold invading the Large Intestine

The Large Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Large Intestine in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen) or tight (Jin)

Tongue description: Thick white coating

Possible symptoms: Diarrhea Abdominal pain Feeling of cold Cold sensation in abdomen

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 Cold invading the Large Intestine will tend to exhibit deep (Chen) or tight (Jin) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Cold invading the Large Intestine might experience symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, feeling of cold and cold sensation in abdomen.

Herbal formulas used to treat Cold invading the Large Intestine

Liang Fu Wan

Source date: 1842 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Middle Burner. Dispels Cold. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates Pain.

Formula summary

Liang Fu Wan is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Lesser Galangal Rhizomes (Gao Liang jiang) and Coco-Grass Rhizomes (Xiang Fu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1842 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Besides Cold invading the Large Intestine, Liang Fu Wan is also used to treat Cold invading the Stomach or Large Intestine Cold.

Read more about Liang Fu Wan

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