Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat

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Pattern factsheet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Hernial pain Irritability Bitter taste in the mouth Intermittent epigastric pain Painful periods that get worse with hot food or drinks

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

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat gives rise to such diverse symptoms as intermittent epigastric pain, hernial pain, painful periods that get worse with hot food or drinks and irritability.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers, hepatitis or cholecystitis.

Related conditions

Chronic gastritis Peptic ulcers Hepatitis Cholecystitis

Diagnosing Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat

The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine

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

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Possible symptoms: Hernial pain Irritability Bitter taste in the mouth Intermittent epigastric pain Painful periods that get worse with hot food or drinks

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 Stagnation that transforms into Heat will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat might experience symptoms like intermittent epigastric pain, hernial pain, painful periods that get worse with hot food or drinks and irritability (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat

Jin Ling Zi San

Source date: 992 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Moves Liver Blood and Liver Qi. Drains Liver Heat or Fire. Stops pain.

Formula summary

Jin Ling Zi San is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Sichuan Chinaberries (Chuan Lian Zi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 992 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Besides Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat, Jin Ling Zi San is also used to treat Qi and Blood Stagnation.

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