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.
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).
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Dryness in Large Intestine, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
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
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).
Source date: 1798 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Yin and Essence. Lubricates Dryness.
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.