Dryness in Large Intestine

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Thirst Dry mouth Dizziness Dry stools Dry throat and three other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale, Red

Dryness in Large Intestine 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 Dryness in Large Intestine gives rise to such diverse symptoms as constipation, thirst, dry stools and dry mouth (as well as four others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Dryness in Large Intestine patients tend to exhibit fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale, red tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Dryness in Large Intestine is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or hemorrhoids (as well as three others).

Related conditions

Irritable bowel syndrome Constipation Hemorrhoids Aphthous ulcers Chronic pancreatis Hyperthyroid

Diagnosing Dryness in Large Intestine

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

Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale, Red

Possible symptoms: Thirst Dry mouth Dizziness Dry stools Dry throat Bad breath Constipation Thin body lacking strength

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 Dryness in Large Intestine will tend to exhibit fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale, red tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Dryness in Large Intestine might experience symptoms like constipation, thirst, dry stools and dry mouth (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Dryness in Large Intestine

Zeng Ye Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin and Essence. Lubricates Dryness.

Formula summary

Zeng Ye Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ningpo Figwort Roots (Xuan Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that enrich Yin and moisten Dryness.

Besides Dryness in Large Intestine, Zeng Ye Tang is also used to treat Body Fluids Deficiency.

Read more about Zeng Ye Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Dryness in Large Intestine