Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Fire

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 肝风内动 - 肝火上炎      Pinyin name: Gān Fēng Nèi Dòng - Gān Huǒ Shàng Yán

Pattern nature: Full/Empty combined pattern

Pattern(s) it combines from: Liver Fire

Causes

Precursor patterns: Liver Fire Blazing

Common causes: 1. Prolonged emotional stress, 2. Unhealthy diet or alcohol abuse

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Tremor Thirst Tinnitus Deafness Red face and thirteen other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Red with redder sides and dry yellow coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Clear the Liver, drain Fire, extinguish Wind.

Common formulas: Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang

Pathology

Liver Fire may generate Wind when it persists for some years. This phenomenon can be compared to a forest fire that generates strong winds.

Internal Wind is characterized by either movement or lack of movement, such as spasms, tics, tremors, numbness, dizziness, convulsions or paralysis. Which is why we see some of these symptoms together with those associated with Liver Fire.

This is a Full-Heat pattern that is more likely to occur in the elderly.

Causes

Precursor patterns: Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Fire can derive from Liver Fire Blazing

Prolonged emotional stress: A longstanding state of anger (expressed or repressed), resentment or frustration makes Liver Qi Stagnate and eventually "implode", giving rise to Heat which in turn will generate Wind.

Unhealthy diet or alcohol abuse: Heat in the Liver (and subsequent Wind) can arise from excessive intake of alcohol, drugs, caffeinated foods and drinks, hot foods such as lamb and beef and fried and greasy foods.

Diagnosing Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Fire

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Red with redder sides and dry yellow coating

Main symptoms: Tremor Thirst Tinnitus Deafness Red face Red eyes Dizziness Epistaxis Dry stools Dark Urine Haemoptysis Irritability Constipation Haematemesis Outbursts of anger Temporal headaches Dream disturbed sleep Bitter taste in the mouth

Treating Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Fire

Treatment principle

Clear the Liver, drain Fire, extinguish Wind.

Herbal formulas used to treat Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Fire

Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang

Source date: Qing dynasty

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Cools the Liver. Extinguishes Wind. Increases Fluids. Relaxes the sinews.

Formula summary

Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in Qing dynasty, it belongs to the category of formulas that pacify and extinguish Internal Wind.

Besides Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Fire, Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang is also used to treat Liver Yang Rising or Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat.

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Diet recommendations

One should favor simple and bland foods should be eaten such as rice cereal, soups, vegetables and fruits.