Heat invading the Pericardium

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Pattern factsheet

Diagnosis

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

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

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

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 rapid (Shu), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) 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.

Related conditions

Aphthous ulcers Viral encephalitis Meningitis Pertussis

Diagnosing Heat invading the Pericardium

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

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

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

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 invading the Pericardium will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a reddish-purple tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Heat invading the Pericardium might experience symptoms like fever, irritability, restlnessness and general sensation of unease (full list here above).

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 with Ox Gallstones (Niu Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1568 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and open sensory orifices.

Besides Heat invading the Pericardium, Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan is also used to treat Phlegm Misting the Heart.

Read more about Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Most important herbs used to treat Heat invading the Pericardium