Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Headaches Dizziness Irritability Short temper Red and sore eyes and eight other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Treatment

Common formulas: Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Pathology

Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder 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 Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder gives rise to such diverse symptoms as fixed pain in the hypochondria, headaches, dizziness and red and sore eyes (as well as nine others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder patients tend to exhibit full (Shi) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease, conjunctivitis or eczema (as well as sixteen others).

Diagnosing Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

Treating Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

Herbal formulas used to treat Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Source date: 1682 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears and drains Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner.

Formula summary

Long Dan Xie Gan Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1682 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat from the Organs.

Besides Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, Long Dan Xie Gan Tang is also used to treat Damp-Heat in the Liver or Liver Fire Blazing.

Read more about Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Related conditions

Pelvic inflammatory disease Conjunctivitis Eczema Polycystic ovaries Hyperthyroid Orchitis Furuncles Purulent otitis Rhinitis Acute viral hepatitis Acute cholecystitis Acute pyelonephristis Acute cystitis Vulvitis Herpes zoster Retinal haemorrhage Haemorrhagic glaucoma Cushings syndrome Adrenal cortex hyperpalsia