Large Intestine Dryness

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 大肠干燥

Pinyin name: Dà Cháng Gān Zào

Associated TCM concepts: Dryness Large Intestine

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

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. 

Diagnosing Large Intestine Dryness

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

Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi)

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

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

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 Dryness will tend to exhibit fine (Xi) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Large Intestine Dryness might experience symptoms like dry stools, dry mouth, dry throat and thin body (full list here above).

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 with Ningpo Figwort Roots (Xuan Shen) as a principal ingredient. 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 with Hemp Seeds (Huo Ma Ren) as a principal ingredient. 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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Most important herbs used to treat Large Intestine Dryness