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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.
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.
'Yang' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Yang in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Scattered (San), slow (Chi) or hidden (Fu)
Tongue description: Pale-Swollen and Short tongue
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 Collapse of Yang will tend to exhibit scattered (San), slow (Chi) or hidden (Fu) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Collapse of Yang might experience symptoms like listlessness, feeling of cold, cold limbs and bright-white complexion (full list here above).
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.
Shen Fu Tang is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. 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.