Large Intestine Dryness

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 大肠干燥      Pinyin name: Dà Cháng Gān Zào

Pattern nature: Empty

Causes

Precursor patterns: Stomach Qi Deficiency

Common causes: 1. Dry and warm weather, 2. Diet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Dry mouth Thin body Dizziness Dry stools Dry throat and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi)

Tongue description: Dry tongue with pale or red color and rootless coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Generates Body Fluids in the Large Intestine

Common formulas: Zeng Ye Tang Ma Zi Ren Wan

Pathology

This pattern is featured by a state of Dryness and Body Fluids Deficiency in the Large Intestine and the Stomach, hence the symptoms of dry mouth, dry throat and dry stools. Also, it always happens together with Stomach Yin Deficiency, because the Stomach and the Large Intestine are closely related. 

The bad breath is not caused by Heat but by the food retention after constipation. 

Causes

Precursor patterns: Large Intestine Dryness can derive from Stomach Qi Deficiency

Dry and warm weather : Some dry and warm environment can cause this pattern.

Diet: Irregular eating habit, such as eating late at night, eating in a hurry, eating while working, can consume Body Fluids as well as Yin. It causes Stomach and the Intestines Dryness.

Diagnosing Large Intestine Dryness

Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi)

Tongue description: Dry tongue with pale or red color and rootless coating

Main symptoms: Dry mouth Thin body Dizziness Dry stools Dry throat Bad breath

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the thin body and the dry stools that are difficult to get ride of.

Treating Large Intestine Dryness

Treatment principle

Generates Body Fluids in the Large Intestine 

Herbal formulas used to treat Large Intestine Dryness

Zeng Ye Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin and Essence. Lubricates Dryness.

Formula summary

Zeng Ye Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that enrich Yin and moisten Dryness.

Besides Large Intestine Dryness, Zeng Ye Tang is also used to treat Body Fluids Deficiency or Dryness in Large Intestine.

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Ma Zi Ren Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Moistens the Intestines. Invigorates Qi. Unblocks the bowels. Drains Heat.

Formula summary

Ma Zi Ren Wan is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that moisten Intestines and unblock bowels.

Besides Large Intestine Dryness, Ma Zi Ren Wan is also used to treat Heat in the Large Intestine.

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Consequence patterns

Stomach Yin Deficiency

Dryness in the Large Intestine consumes Body Fluids. If this situation lasts for a while, it can hurt Yin in the Large intestine and the Stomach.