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.
This pattern is caused by excessive Heat in the Liver and Dampness due to Spleen Deficiency. Dampness is created if the Spleen's transportation and transformation function is impaired. When Damp-Heat builds up, the flow of Qi is disturbed, resulting in Qi Stagnation symptoms. When lasting for a long period of time, Dampness can cause the formation of Phlegm. Patients often have a feeling of fullness.
Since Dampness has a tendency to flow downwards, it often settles in the Lower Burner, causing urinary Bladder infections, a burning feeling and vaginal discharge, itching and infection. It often manifests in the genitals, resulting in sores or eczema in this area.
This is commonly caused by poor diet which harms the Spleen function, such as prolonged and excessive consumption of cold and raw foods, plus excessive intakes of dairy foods and greasy foods, refined sugar, coffee and alcohol. Irregular diet and lifestyle habits can also be the cause. Emotional stress such as anger also contribute since they cause Liver Qi Stagnation.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red
Possible symptoms: Sores Eczema Poor appetite Chest fullness Vaginal itching Menstrual cramps Vaginal discharge Burning urination Feeling of heaviness Hypochondrium fullness Irregular menstruation Abdominal distention and fullness
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 the Liver will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with sticky coating, yellow coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp Heat in the Liver might experience symptoms like hypochondrium fullness, chest fullness, abdominal distention and fullness and vaginal discharge (full list here above).
Source date: 1682 AD
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears and drains Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner.
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1682 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat from the Organs.
Follow a balanced diet of grains, legumes, cooked vegetables, greens, winter squash and warm or room temperature drinks. Eat all cooked foods. Avoid cold and raw foods and drinks, consumption of hot and greasy foods, dairy, nuts and nut butters, chips of all kinds, caffeinated foods and drinks, red meat, fruits, juices, iced drinks, ice cream and popsicles, salads, uncooked foods and the excessive use of sugar and other sweeteners. Avoid eating an irregular diet and at irregular times.