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Chinese name: 肠虚滑泄
Pinyin name: Cháng Xū Huá Xiè
Associated TCM concepts: Large Intestine
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.
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
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).
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.
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.