Heat invading the Pericardium

At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?


Common symptoms: Fever Irritability Restlnessness Delirious speech Impaired consciousness and one other symptoms

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

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple


Common formulas: Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan


Heat invading the Pericardium 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 invading the Pericardium gives rise to such diverse symptoms as fever, irritability, restlnessness and general sensation of unease (as well as two others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Heat invading the Pericardium patients tend to exhibit fine (Xi), rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a reddish-purple tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Heat invading the Pericardium is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as aphthous ulcers, viral encephalitis, meningitis or pertussis.

Diagnosing Heat invading the Pericardium

Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi), rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

Main symptoms: Fever Irritability Restlnessness Delirious speech Impaired consciousness General sensation of unease

Treating Heat invading the Pericardium

Herbal formulas used to treat Heat invading the Pericardium

Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Source date: 1568 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity. Calms the Mind. Opens up the Orifices.

Formula summary

Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1568 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and open sensory orifices.

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Related conditions

Aphthous ulcers Viral encephalitis Meningitis Pertussis