Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels

TCM Education Center > Patterns of disharmony > Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels

Pattern factsheet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Infertility Late period Painful period Cold in the lower abdomen Dark clots in menstrual blood and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Tight (Jin)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple, Pale

Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels 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 Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels gives rise to such diverse symptoms as painful period, cold in the lower abdomen, infertility and late period (as well as two others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels patients tend to exhibit deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin) pulses as well as a bluish-purple, pale tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as infertility, perimenopausal syndrome or leiomyoma (as well as twelve others).

Related conditions

Infertility Perimenopausal syndrome Leiomyoma Polycystic ovaries Endometriosis Sciatica Erectile dysfunction Dysfunctional uterine bleeding Uterine hypoplasia Endometrial hyperplasia Habitual miscarriage Threatened abortion Vaginitis Oligospermia Benign prostatic hypertrophy

Diagnosing Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels

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

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple, Pale

Possible symptoms: Infertility Late period Painful period Cold in the lower abdomen Dark clots in menstrual blood Abdominal pain after childbirth

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 Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin) pulses as well as a bluish-purple, pale tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels might experience symptoms like painful period, cold in the lower abdomen, infertility and late period (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels

Wen Jing Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Uterus and vessels. Nourishes Blood. Dispels Cold. Dispels Blood Stagnation.

Formula summary

Wen Jing Tang is a 12-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Cinnamon Twigs (Gui Zhi) and Evodia Fruits (Wu Zhu Yu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation.

Besides Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels, Wen Jing Tang is also used to treat Cold in the Uterus or Qi and Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Wen Jing Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels