Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Coughing Dizziness Headaches Depression Moving pain and two other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Tight (Jin)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Normal (light red), Pale

Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation 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 Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation gives rise to such diverse symptoms as coughing, hypochondrium fullness, dizziness and headaches (as well as three others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation patients tend to exhibit empty (Xu) or tight (Jin) pulses as well as a normal (light red), pale tongue with thin white coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers or hepatitis (as well as eighteen others).

Related conditions

Chronic gastritis Peptic ulcers Hepatitis Premenstrual syndrome Chronic cholecystitis Intercostal neuralgia Migraine Epilepsy Conjunctivitis Upper respiratory tract infections Angina Malaria Pneumonia Pancreatis Pleurisy Tonsillitis Bronchial asthma Perimenstrual fevers Allergic rhinitis Periaural eczema Parotiditis

Diagnosing Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation

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

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu) or tight (Jin)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Normal (light red), Pale

Possible symptoms: Coughing Dizziness Headaches Depression Moving pain Listlessness Hypochondrium fullness

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 Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation will tend to exhibit empty (Xu) or tight (Jin) pulses as well as a normal (light red), pale tongue with thin white coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation might experience symptoms like coughing, hypochondrium fullness, dizziness and headaches (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation

Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Treats the Lesser Yang Channels (Gallbladder and Triple Warmer). Regulates the Liver and Spleen functions. Addresses combined Yin-Yang symptoms of External and Internal, Excess and Deficiency, and Hot and Cold.

Formula summary

Xiao Chai Hu Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize lesser Yang-warp disorders.

Besides Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation, Xiao Chai Hu Tang is also used to treat Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine.

Read more about Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation