Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Blood Deficiency

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 肝风内动 - 血虚生风

Pinyin name: Gān Fēng Nèi Dòng - Xuè Xū Shēng Fēng

Associated TCM concepts: Liver Wind Liver Blood Deficiency

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Tremor Insomnia Dizziness Headaches No period and seven other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian), Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale

If there is Liver Blood Deficiency, especially if the condition lasts a long time without being treated, the Blood vessels become 'empty' and the space is taken over by Internal Wind. Like an empty building will often get a lot of wind in its corridors, the concept here is the same.

This kind of Wind is less severe compared to the one caused by Internal Fire. Patients typically get tremors, same for all Internal Wind patterns, but in this case they are less important.

The treatment principle is to nourish Liver-Blood and extinguish Wind.

Diagnosing Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Blood Deficiency

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Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale

Possible symptoms: Tremor Insomnia Dizziness Headaches No period Dry throat Facial tic Poor memory Hypertension Blurred vision Scanty periods Numbness in the limbs

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 Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Blood Deficiency will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Blood Deficiency might experience symptoms like tremor, numbness in the limbs, dizziness and headaches (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Blood Deficiency

E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang

Source date: the Qing dynasty

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin. Nourishes Blood. Calms the Liver. Extinguishes Wind.

Formula summary

E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Donkey-Hide Gelatin (E Jiao) and Chicken Egg Yolks (Ji Zi Huang) as principal ingredients. Invented in the Qing dynasty, it belongs to the category of formulas that pacify and extinguish Internal Wind.

Read more about E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang

Diet recommendations

Same diet suggestion as under Liver Blood Deficiency. It is recommended to take lamb, clang gui and ginger soup, bone soups, milk, black and aduki beans, congee, all cooked foods. Also be careful to not skip meals.

Most important herbs used to treat Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Blood Deficiency