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This pattern is similar to Heart Yang Deficiency, but much severe. Therefore the clinical symptoms are quite similar. The key different manifestation is the cyanosis of the lips. It is because the Blood flow are impaired due to lacking of Yang Qi's moving force.
Coma happens in rare severe cases. It is because the Heart should house the Mind. However, the Mind has no 'residence' due to the overall collapse of Heart Qi. In this case, the patients might not even be able to move their tongue due to lack of Qi. Also, Yang Deficiency leads to internal Coldness which contracts the tongue muscles. Therefore, the tongue can not be moved out of mouth.
The Hidden pulse shows the severe degree of Yang Deficiency. It is an extreme case of the Deep pulse. The Knotted pulse also shows the severe Yang Deficiency, because the Heart has not enough energy to function properly.
The Heart is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Heart in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Knotted (Jie), minute (Wei) or hidden (Fu)
Tongue description: Short, very pale or bluish-purple
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 Heart Yang Collapsing will tend to exhibit knotted (Jie), minute (Wei) or hidden (Fu) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Heart Yang Collapsing might experience symptoms like pale complexion, coma, palpitations and shortness of breath (full list here above).
Source date: 1445 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Restores Yang. Strongly tonifies the source Qi. Saves Qi from collapsing due to devastated Yang.
Shen Fu Tang is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1445 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that rescue devastated Yang.