Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Treatment

Common formulas: Xuan Bi Tang

Pathology

Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels 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 Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels gives rise to such diverse symptoms as heat and pain in the joints, reduced mobility, fever and shaking chills (as well as two others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels patients tend to exhibit a 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 Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disorders, gouty arthritis or rheumatic fever.

Diagnosing Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Main symptoms: Fever Shaking chills Reduced mobility Scanty and dark urine Heat and pain in the joints Lusterless and yellow complexion

Treating Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels

Herbal formulas used to treat Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels

Xuan Bi Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears and resolves Damp-Heat. Unblocks the meridians. Disbands painful obstruction.

Formula summary

Xuan Bi Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Wind-Damp.

Besides Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels, Xuan Bi Tang is also used to treat Heat invading the Channels joints and muscles.

Read more about Xuan Bi Tang

Related conditions

Rheumatoid arthritis Connective tissue disorders Gouty arthritis Rheumatic fever