Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 脾胃湿热

Pinyin name: Pí Wèi Shī Rè

Associated TCM concepts: Dampness Heat pattern Stomach Spleen

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Loose stools Feeling of heaviness of the head and body A feeling of oppression in chest and epigastrium Continuous fever which does not reduce with sweating

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Soggy (Ru)

Tongue description: Red tongue with sticky yellow tongue coating

This is one of the five patterns of the Qi level, the second level of the Four Levels theory.

Here Damp-Heat causes sweating but, while it might give the impression it abates the fever, it comes back soon afterwards. The reason is because sweat comes from the space between the skin and muscles but the Dampness is located in the Interior.

Dampness causes most of the other symptoms. It obstructs the Middle Burner, which causes the feeling of oppression of the chest and epigastrium as well as the nausea. It also obstructs the muscles, which is what causes the feeling of heaviness.

Lastly Dampness impairs the Spleen’s ability to transform and transport, which is what causes the loose stools.

Diagnosing Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen

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

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or soggy (Ru)

Tongue description: Red tongue with sticky yellow tongue coating

Possible symptoms: Nausea Loose stools Feeling of heaviness of the head and body A feeling of oppression in chest and epigastrium Continuous fever which does not reduce with sweating

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 Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or soggy (Ru) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen might experience symptoms like feeling of heaviness of the head and body, a feeling of oppression in chest and epigastrium, nausea and loose stools (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen

Lian Po Yin

Source date: 1862 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.

Formula summary

Lian Po Yin is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian) and Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1862 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and expel dampness.

Besides Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen, Lian Po Yin is also used to treat Damp-Heat invading the Spleen or Damp-Heat in the Stomach.

Read more about Lian Po Yin

Most important herbs used to treat Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen