Collapse of Yang

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 亡阳      Pinyin name: Wáng Yáng

Pattern nature: Empty

Causes

Precursor patterns: Heat in Pericardium Heat in Nutritive Qi level

Common causes: External pathogenic factor

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: No thirst Cold limbs Listlessness Incontinence Loose stools and four other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Scattered (San), Slow (Chi), Hidden (Fu)

Tongue description: Pale-Swollen and Short tongue

Treatment

Treatment principle: Rescue Yang, restore consciousness

Common formulas: Shen Fu Tang

Pathology

This is one of the five patterns of the Blood level, the fourth and last level of the Four Levels theory. This means this is a very serious pattern where an External Pathogen has penetrated deeply within the body.

Collapse of Yang indicates an extremely severe state of Emptiness. It also implies a complete separation of the Yang from the Yin. Collapse of Yang is often, but not necessarily, followed by death.

The main manifestations are a general feeling of cold, cold limbs, weak breathing, profuse sweating of the forehead with an oily sweat, no thirst, frequent profuse urination or incontinence, loose stools.

Causes

Precursor patterns: Collapse of Yang can derive from Heat in Pericardium Heat in Nutritive Qi level

External pathogenic factor: The main original cause of Heat in Nutritive Qi level is an Exterior Pathogenic Factor (typically Wind-Heat) that has invaded the Interior and progressed to this level.

Diagnosing Collapse of Yang

Pulse type(s): Scattered (San), slow (Chi) or hidden (Fu)

Tongue description: Pale-Swollen and Short tongue

Main symptoms: No thirst Cold limbs Listlessness Incontinence Loose stools Feeling of cold Frequent urination Bright-white complexion Profuse sweating on the forehead

Treating Collapse of Yang

Treatment principle

Rescue Yang, restore consciousness

Herbal formulas used to treat Collapse of Yang

Shen Fu Tang

Source date: 1445 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Restores Yang. Strongly tonifies the source Qi. Saves Qi from collapsing due to devastated Yang.

Formula summary

Shen Fu Tang is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1445 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that rescue devastated Yang.

Besides Collapse of Yang, Shen Fu Tang is also used to treat Heart Yang Collapsing.

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