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Deficiency of Yin involves the excessive consumption of Body Fluids, Essence and Blood. The main cause of Yin deficiency is overwork. It usually develops very gradually and slowly over several years. The only exception to this is the Yin deficiency that can develop rapidly in febrile diseases when Pathological Heat consumes Body Fluids and Yin.
If Yin Deficiency persists for a long time (usually many years), it eventually leads to the development of Interior Heat of an Empty nature. The clinical manifestations will therefore involve Heat, such as a feeling of heat in the afternoon, a dry mouth with desire to drink in small sips, etc. The tongue reflects these situations very accurately. Deficiency of Yin manifests on the tongue with a lack of coating: that is, a tongue without coating but of a normal colour indicates Yin deficiency (without Empty-Heat). A Red tongue without coating indicates Yin deficiency with Empty-Heat.
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 Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency, 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.
'Heat' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Heat pattern in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi)
Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating
Tongue color: Red
Possible symptoms: Fatigue Insomnia Dry mouth Hair loss Emaciation Joint pain Night fever Tidal fever Night sweats Irritability Red skin eruptions Hot palms and soles Waist pain and soreness Desire to drink in small sips Feeling of heat in the afternoon
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 Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a red tongue with complete absence of coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency might experience symptoms like feeling of heat in the afternoon, dry mouth, desire to drink in small sips and night fever (full list here above).
Source date: 1798 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes the Yin and clears Heat.
Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Softshell Turtle Shells (Bie Jia) and Sweet Wormwood Herbs (Qing Hao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat from Deficiency.
Typical symptoms for lupus caused by Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency: Fatigue Insomnia Hair loss Joint pain Tidal fever Night sweats Irritability Red skin eruptions Hot palms and soles Waist pain and soreness
Recommended herbal formula: Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang