Heat in Gall Bladder

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Thirst Nausea Epigastrium fullness Bitter taste in the mouth Stifling sensation in the chest and three other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick coating, Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Heat in Gall Bladder 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 in Gall Bladder gives rise to such diverse symptoms as mild chills alternating with pronounced fever, bitter taste in the mouth, stifling sensation in the chest and spitting up bitter or sour fluids (as well as four others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Heat in Gall Bladder patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with thick coating, 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 in Gall Bladder is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as hypertension, cholecystitis or pelvic inflammatory disease (as well as nine others).

Related conditions

Hypertension Cholecystitis Pelvic inflammatory disease Pyelonephritis Icteric hepatitis Malaria Typhoid Pneumonia Leptospirosis Reflux gastritis Aural vertigo Coronary artery disease

Diagnosing Heat in Gall Bladder

The Gallbladder is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Gallbladder 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 in Gall Bladder will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with thick coating, yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Heat in Gall Bladder might experience symptoms like mild chills alternating with pronounced fever, bitter taste in the mouth, stifling sensation in the chest and spitting up bitter or sour fluids (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Heat in Gall Bladder

Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang

Source date: Qing Dynasty

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and relieves acute conditions of the Gallbladder. Relieves acute Damp-Heat syndromes. Resolves Phlegm. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Formula summary

Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Sweet Wormwood Herbs (Qing Hao) and Baikal Skullcap Roots (Huang Qin) as principal ingredients. Invented in Qing Dynasty, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize lesser Yang-warp disorders.

Besides Heat in Gall Bladder, Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang is also used to treat Phlegm.

Read more about Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Heat in Gall Bladder