The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
Long term Deficiency of Liver Yin, Liver Blood or Kidney Yin can cause Liver Yang rising upwards. This pattern is also called "Arrogant Liver Yang". If left unchecked it can also lead to Liver Wind Agitating Internally.
The symptoms mentioned here are fairly similar to these of Stagnant Liver Qi turning into Fire. However, the latter is purely an Excess pattern. The Fire dries up the Body Fluids and cause some clear sign of Dryness such as constipation, red eyes and face or scanty dark urine.
Liver Yang Rising, on the other hand, is both Excess (the Yang rising) and Empty (Deficient Yin) at the same time, therefore the treatment should be focusing on subduing Rising Yang as well as nourishing Liver Yin and Blood.
Many factors can result in this pattern, such as excessive exercise or sexual activity, prolonged physical exertion, eating in a hurry, chronic menorrhagia and long term emotional stress like anger, resentment and frustration.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Red
Possible symptoms: Anger Tinnitus Deafness Insomnia Headaches Dizziness Dry mouth Dry throat Dry stools Irritability Blurred vision Soreness and weakness of the knees Soreness and weakness in the lower back Stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back
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 Yang Rising will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Liver Yang Rising might experience symptoms like headaches, dizziness, tinnitus and deafness (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.
Besides Liver Yang Rising, Qi Ju Di Huang Wan is also used to treat Liver Yin Deficiency or Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising.
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.