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It is more common to see Liver Qi Deficiency accompanying other patterns.
The most obvious one is Liver Qi Stagnation. One of Liver's main functions is to ensures the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body, in all Organs and in all directions. This function is impaired when the Qi in Liver is Stagnant, thus the general Liver Qi is weakened. The typical manifestation is distention in the hypochondrium, chest, epigastrium or abdomen. There are also emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, anger or restlessness. It can also cause irregular menstruation. In this case, use Xiao Yao San which is major in smoothing the Liver and invigorating Qi.
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang can be used to treat Liver Qi Deficiency caused by lacking of Liver Yang. It can treat symptoms like poor appetite , abdomen distension and general fatigue.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)
Tongue description: Pale or normal
Possible symptoms: Fatigue Timidity Dizziness Indecision Depression Nervousness Irritability Easily scared Poor appetite Blurred vision Lack of courage Restless dreams Floaters in eyes Frequent sighing Abdomen distension Irregular menstruation Hypochondrial distention
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 Liver Qi Deficiency will tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Liver Qi Deficiency might experience symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, floaters in eyes and nervousness (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.
Source date: 846 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.
Si Wu Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 846 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood.
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen. Relieves Liver Qi stagnation. Nourishes the Blood.
Xiao Yao San is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Liver-Spleen.