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Chinese name: 太阳 蓄水证 Pinyin name: Tài Yáng Xù Shuǐ Zhèng
Pattern nature: Full
Common causes: External pathogenic factor
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Floating (Fu)
Treatment principle: Release the Exterior, promote the Bladder’s function of Qi transformation, promote the excretion of Fluids.
Common formulas: Wu Ling San
This is one of the four patterns of the Greater Yang stage, the first stage of the Six Stages theory.
Symptoms of the Exterior attack include the aversion to cold due to the obstruction of the space between the skin and muscles by Wind: this impairs the circulation of Defensive Qi which cannot fulfill its function of warming the muscles.
The fever is also characteristic of the presence of a Pathogen in the Exterior. Please note that it is not necessarily an actual fever but more the hot feeling of the patient’s skin on palpation, what the Chinese call "heat emission" of the skin.
As for the Bladder invasion, it results in Water not being transformed. This causes retention of urine, thirst and vomiting after drinking.
Concretely when Water isn't transformed in the Bladder, the fluids aren't ascending, which causes thirst. But because the thirst isn't due to a deficiency of fluids, it isn't relieved by drinking.
As for the vomiting, it is caused by the accumulation of Water in the Stomach since the Bladder doesn't process it correctly anymore.
External pathogenic factor: The main cause of this pattern is when an external pathogen, typically Wind-Cold, has invaded the Exterior
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 as well as learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or floating (Fu)
Release the Exterior, promote the Bladder’s function of Qi transformation, promote the excretion of Fluids.
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Promotes urination,. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Promotes Qi transformation function. Drains Dampness. Clears edema.
Wu Ling San is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote urination and leach out Dampness.
If left untreated Greater Yang Accumulation of Water can lead to Bright Yang Stomach Heat
If left untreated Greater Yang Accumulation of Water can lead to Bright Yang Fire in Stomach and Intestines