Large Intestine collapse

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 肠虚滑泄

Pinyin name: Cháng Xū Huá Xiè

Associated TCM concepts: Large Intestine

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fatigue Cold limbs Haemorrhoids Anus prolapse Poor appetite and three other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Weak (Ruo), Fine (Xi)

Tongue description: pale tongue

Large Intestine Collapse is a kind of Qi Deficiency in the Large Intestine but the condition is much more severe than any normal Qi Deficiency. It is mostly caused by prolonged Spleen, Stomach and Large Intestine Qi Deficiency, or even Spleen Qi Sinking. All above patterns can give rise to chronic diarrhoea and anus prolapse. 

Due to the Yang Deficiency of the Stomach and the Spleen, the patients often experiences tiredness after bowel movements, lack of appetite, cold limbs and strong desire to drink warm water and abdomen massage. 

Diagnosing Large Intestine collapse

The Large Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Large Intestine in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi)

Tongue description: pale tongue

Possible symptoms: Fatigue Cold limbs Haemorrhoids Anus prolapse Poor appetite Chronic diarrhoea Mental exhaustion Thirst for warm drinks

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 Large Intestine collapse will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Large Intestine collapse might experience symptoms like chronic diarrhoea, anus prolapse, haemorrhoids and fatigue (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Large Intestine collapse

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Source date: 1247

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.

Formula summary

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1247, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.

Besides Large Intestine collapse, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is also used to treat Qi Deficiency or Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking.

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Large Intestine collapse