Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel

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Pattern factsheet

Related conditions: Vaginal itching

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Insomnia Dark Urine Restlessness Irritability Vulvar itching and five other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick coating, Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel gives rise to such diverse symptoms as vulvar itching, yellow vaginal discharge, painful intercourse and restlessness (as well as six others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel patients tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with thick coating, yellow coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as vaginal itching.

Diagnosing Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel

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

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick coating, Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Possible symptoms: Insomnia Dark Urine Restlessness Irritability Vulvar itching Painful intercourse Yellow vaginal discharge Smelly Vaginal discharge Sticky vaginal discharge Excessive vaginal discharge

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 Channel will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with thick coating, yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel might experience symptoms like vulvar itching, yellow vaginal discharge, painful intercourse and restlessness (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel

Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

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.

Formula summary

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.

Besides Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel, Long Dan Xie Gan Tang is also used to treat Damp Heat in the Liver or Stagnant Liver-Qi turning into Fire.

Read more about Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Special highlight: the link between vaginal itching and Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel

Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) is the key herb for Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, a formula used for vaginal itching caused by Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel

Dampness as an External Evil with or without Heat, is undoubtedly the foremost reason for vaginal and vulvar itching. From a Western medicine point of view this pattern translates to trichomonas or candida infection.

The Dampness gets combined with Heat blocking the Liver Channel and other connecting Channel such the Spleen one. The Heat finds its origin in emotional stress such as anger, frustration, resentment, or sadness which cause Liver Qi Stagnation. If it is not treated for a while, the...Read more about vaginal itching

Most important herbs used to treat Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel