Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

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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

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).

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

Diagnosing Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine

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 Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder will tend to exhibit full (Shi) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder might experience symptoms like fixed pain in the hypochondria, headaches, dizziness and red and sore eyes (full list here above).

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 with Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) as a principal ingredient. 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 Stagnant Liver-Qi turning into Fire.

Read more about Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder