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Chinese name: 肠胃生火
Pinyin name: Cháng Wèi Shēng Huǒ
Within the framework of the Six Stages theory, this is one of the two patterns of the Bright Yang stage (the second of the six stages). Within the Four Levels theory, this is one of the five patterns of the Qi level (the second of the four levels).
Signs of Dryness include the constipation, the dry stools and the dark urine. It also indirectly causes the abdominal fullness and pain due to the accumulation of dried-up faeces from constipation.
Other symptoms are more classic of Heat: the fever, sweating and thirst.
The Stomach is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Stomach in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), rapid (Shu), slippery (Hua) or full (Shi)
Tongue description: Red tongue with thick yellow dry coating
Possible symptoms: Thirst Delirium Dry stools Dark Urine Constipation Irritability Abdominal pain Profuse sweating Sweating on limbs Abdominal fullness Burning sensation in the anus High fever that is worse 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 Fire in Stomach and Intestines will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), rapid (Shu), slippery (Hua) or full (Shi) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Fire in Stomach and Intestines might experience symptoms like high fever that is worse in the afternoon, profuse sweating, sweating on limbs and abdominal fullness (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Key actions: Removes Heat and Dryness in the Lower Burner. Removes constipation.
Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Rhubarb (Da Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that purge Heat accumulation.