Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency

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Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency 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 Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as night fever, emaciation, tidal fever and hot palms and soles (as well as eight others).

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as lupus, pulmonary tuberculosis, renal tuberculosis or chronic pyelonephritis.

Related conditions

Lupus Pulmonary tuberculosis Renal tuberculosis Chronic pyelonephritis

Diagnosing Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency

'Heat' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Heat pattern in Chinese Medicine

Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

Practitioners for instance learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency might experience symptoms like night fever, emaciation, tidal fever and hot palms and soles (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency

Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Yin and clears Heat.

Formula summary

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.

Besides Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency, Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang is also used to treat Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency.

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Special highlight: the link between lupus and Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency

Softshell Turtle Shells (Bie Jia) is the key herb for Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a formula used for lupus caused by Empty-Heat caused by Yin 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

In this case Yin-Deficiency occurs when Pathological Heat has consumed Body Fluids and Yin. This in turn leads to Empty-Heat, that is Heat due to an absence of Yin (cold in nature) and therefore a relative surplus of Yang (hot in nature). 

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Most important herbs used to treat Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency