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Chinese name: 肝风内动 - 肝阳化风
Pinyin name: Gān Fēng Nei Dòng - Gān Yáng Huà Fēng
Liver Yang Rising can create Interior Wind if the condition is left unchecked for a long time. This pattern is normally seen among the elderly. Many reasons lead to this pattern such as excessive exercise or sex, prolonged physical exertion, chronic menorrhagia and long term emotional stress from anger, resentment and frustration.
Liver Yang Rising has different symptoms based on what caused it in the first place. If caused by Liver Yin Deficiency the symptoms will include tremors, facial tics, severe dizziness, tinnitus, and headache. If by Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency the symptoms will be the same as for Liver Yin Deficiency with the addition of backache, scanty urination and night sweats. Lastly if caused by Liver Blood Deficiency the symptoms will be similar to Liver Yin Deficiency without the facial tics and with the addition of insomnia.
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
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Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), empty (Xu), wiry (Xian), fine (Xi) or floating (Fu)
Tongue color: Red
Possible symptoms: Coma Tremor Vertigo Tinnitus Dry eyes Insomnia Dizziness Headaches Back pain Dry throat Facial tic Convulsions Poor memory Hypertension Night sweats Blurred vision Numbness in the limbs Scanty and dark urine Dream disturbed sleep Spasms in the extremities Numbness in the extremities Twitching in the extremities Feeling of heat rushing to the head
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 Yang Rising will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), empty (Xu), wiry (Xian), fine (Xi) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising might experience symptoms like coma, convulsions, dizziness and tremor (full list here above).
Source date: 1119 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system).
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1119 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.
Source date: 1350 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Kidney and Liver Yin. Improves vision.
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1350 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.
Source date: 1958 AD
Number of ingredients: 11 herbs
Key actions: Calms the Liver. Extinguishes wind. Invigorates the blood. Clears heat. Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys.
Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Gastrodia Rhizomes (Tian Ma) and Gambir Stems And Thorns (Gou Teng) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1958 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that pacify and extinguish Internal Wind.
Besides Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising, Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin is also used to treat Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat.
Eat a simple diet of legumes, grains, cooked vegetables and greens. Avoid foods which are raw and cold, fried and greasy, hot and spicy and any caffeinated drinks including coffee, black tea, cocoa colas. Also avoid chips of all kinds, turkey and red meats, chocolate, nuts and nut butters, avocados, cheese and dairy, alcohol, drugs and stimulants. The foods that decongest and help the Liver include vegetables, bitter foods and dark leafy greens, such as kale, collards, dandelion, mustard, beet and mustard greens. Lemons also clear Heat and congestion from the Liver.
As for exercise, gentle stretches are helpful, such as Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. You should avoid strenuous exercise and exertion.