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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).
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 Gall Bladder, 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.
The Gallbladder is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Gallbladder in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Thick coating, Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red
Possible symptoms: Thirst Nausea Epigastrium fullness Bitter taste in the mouth Stifling sensation in the chest Spitting up bitter or sour fluids Mild chills alternating with pronounced fever Distention and pain in the chest and hypochondria
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).
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.
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.