Excess-Heat

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Pattern factsheet

Related conditions: Lupus

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Flushed face Irritability Constipation and four other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Tight (Jin), Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

Excess-Heat 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 Excess-Heat gives rise to such diverse symptoms as fever, flushed face, red skin rashes and blotches dotted over the skin (as well as five others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Excess-Heat patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), tight (Jin) or full (Shi) pulses as well as a reddish-purple tongue with 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 Excess-Heat is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as lupus.

Diagnosing Excess-Heat

'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), tight (Jin) or full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

Possible symptoms: Fever Thirst Flushed face Irritability Constipation Red skin rashes Arthritic symptoms Scanty and dark urine Blotches dotted over the skin

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 Excess-Heat will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), tight (Jin) or full (Shi) pulses as well as a reddish-purple tongue with yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Excess-Heat might experience symptoms like fever, flushed face, red skin rashes and blotches dotted over the skin (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Excess-Heat

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system. Removes Blood Stagnation.

Formula summary

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 650 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear nutritive-level Heat.

Besides Excess-Heat, Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang is also used to treat Toxic-Heat or Heat victorious agitating Blood.

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang

Special highlight: the link between lupus and Excess-Heat

Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) is the key herb for Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a formula used for lupus caused by Excess-Heat

The treatment principle for this pattern is to cool Blood, relieve toxicity, clear Heat, and generate Fluids.

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Most important herbs used to treat Excess-Heat