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Chinese name: 血热 Pinyin name: Xuè Rè
Pattern nature: Full
Pattern hierarchy: General pattern with specific forms like Heat in Uterus Blood
Common causes: 1. Emotional stress, 2. Diet, 3. External Heat
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu)
Tongue description: Red tongue
The most common cause of Heat in the Blood is a Heat Pernicious Influence that has invaded the body and agitates the Blood. This results in accelerated blood flow which manifests itself in a rapid pulse, expanded and damaged Blood vessels and often heavy bleeding. The Blood will be fresh red or dark colored.
Note that bleeding episodes aren't always a sign of Blood Heat: it can also be caused by the Qi unable to hold the Blood in its pathways. The Blood will be pale in this case, with prolonged bleeding and heavy loss of Blood.
Blood Stagnation can also cause Heat in the Blood and consequent bleeding. The Blood in this case will be very dark colored with clots.
If the Heart is affected by Heat in the Blood, this will result in a range of emotional symptoms since Heart houses the Mind (Shen). In that case patients will feel anxious, restless and may suffer from insomnia.
If the Liver is most affected by Blood Heat, then symptoms will tend to be skin-related: patients will feel itchiness and will see read skin eruptions appear.
Lastly if Blood Heat affects the Intestines, there will be Blood in the stools.
Emotional stress: Long term emotional stress such as anger, frustration and resentment, or a sudden emotional upset can lead to Liver Qi stagnation. It can agitate the Blood and cause excessive Heat in the Blood.
Diet: Excessive consumption of spicy & hot food or alcohol can cause this pattern.
External Heat: Overexposure to hot environment can also cause Heat in the Blood.
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)
Tongue description: Red tongue
Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the feeling of feat, red skin eruptions, thirst and Blood in stools, urine, sputum and etc.
Clear Heat from the Blood, nourish Yin, supply Body Fluids.
Source date: 650 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system. Removes Blood Stagnation.
Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 650 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear nutritive-level Heat.
Source date: 1481 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Yin . Clears Heat. Stops bleeding. Stabilizes the menses.
Gu Jing Wan is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1481 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge.
Besides Heat in the Blood, Gu Jing Wan is also used to treat Heat in Uterus Blood.
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Moistens the Lungs. Enriches the Body Fluids. Clears Heat and cools the Blood .
Bai He Di Huang Tang is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat from Deficiency.
Besides Heat in the Blood, Bai He Di Huang Tang is also used to treat Heat in Nutritive Qi level.
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Heat in the Blood, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
Typical symptoms for early menstruation caused by Heat in the Blood: Anxiety Red face Tinnitus Dizziness Dark Urine Dry stools Dry throat Malar flush Restlessness Irritability Night sweats Early periods Heavy periods Abdominal pain Scanty periods Dark colored blood Bitter taste in the mouth Dark clots in menstrual blood Pre-menstrual breast distention
When early menstruation is caused by Heat in the Blood, the excessive Heat agitates the Blood and it leaks out of the vessels and therefore, periods come before the right time. There are two types of Blood Heat: Full or Empty.
For the first one, living or working in a hot environment may accumulate Heat in the body. Also, excessive amount of hot-spicy foods or alcohol can also...Read more about early menstruation
Typical symptoms for abnormal uterine bleeding caused by Heat in the Blood: Thirst Red face Dark Urine Dry stools Malar flush Constipation Restlessness Heavy periods Scanty periods Feeling of heat Dark colored blood Pale color periods Thick menstrual blood Thin and watery periods Trickling blood after period Flooding suddenly before schedule
There are two types of Heat in the Blood that cause abnormal uterine bleeding: Full or Empty. Full Heat in the Blood often derives from Liver Fire or an external Heat Evil invasion, while the Empty type is mainly due to a prolonged lack of Yin which is a naturally cooling, its absence therefore leading to Heat.
The typical symptoms of the Full Heat type are heavy menstruations as well as a dark or bright red blood color. It can lead to sudden flooding before the periods and/or a trickling of...Read more about abnormal uterine bleeding
The Heat can condense the Blood and make it stagnated.
This is an Excess case. The Heat makes the Blood reckless and leak out of the vessels. The Blood is fresh red or dark and the quantity is often profuse.