Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Palpitations Aversion to cold Shortness of breath Attraction to warmth Weakness and stiffness and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi), Weak (Ruo), Fine (Xi)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency 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 with Liver and Kidney Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as heavy and painful sensations in the lower back and lower extremities, weakness and stiffness, aversion to cold and attraction to warmth (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 with Liver and Kidney Deficiency patients tend to exhibit slow (Chi), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a 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 Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as eczema, rheumatoid arthritis or lumbar disc disease (as well as five others).

Related conditions

Eczema Rheumatoid arthritis Lumbar disc disease Periarthritis of the shoulder Sciatica Osteoarthritis Chronic lower back pain Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Diagnosing Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency

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

Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Possible symptoms: Palpitations Aversion to cold Shortness of breath Attraction to warmth Weakness and stiffness Heavy and painful sensations in the lower back and lower extremities

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 Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency will tend to exhibit slow (Chi), weak (Ruo) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale tongue with thin white coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency might experience symptoms like heavy and painful sensations in the lower back and lower extremities, weakness and stiffness, aversion to cold and attraction to warmth (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency

Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 15 herbs

Key actions: Anti-rheumatic, clears Wind, Cold and Damp Stagnation. Strengthens the function of the Liver and Kidney. Tonifies Qi and Blood.

Formula summary

Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang is a 15-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Pubescent Angelica Roots (Du Huo) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 650 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Wind-Damp.

Besides Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang is also used to treat Phlegm in the Joints.

Read more about Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency