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Chinese name: 心包血虚
Pinyin name: Xīn Bāo Xuè Xū
The Mind resides in both the Heart and the Pericardium. When Blood Deficiency occurs in both Organs, the Mind loses its residence and get agitated. As a result, the patients are easy to be scared and have insomnia, dream disturbed sleep and poorer memory.
The Pericardium channel can be stagnated if Qi and Blood are not able to circulate properly. This can cause the feeling of chest fullness, discomfort and pain.
As the Blood is Deficient, this pattern can lead to the shortness of breath as the Pericardium connects the Heart and Lung Qi of the chest. The Qi and Blood also fails to move properly to the hands, which results in cold hands.
Finally, when the Pericardium channel is in disharmony, the pulse on the Heart position is often slightly hard, even though the pulse as a whole may be Choppy or Fine.
The Pericardium is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Pericardium in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se) or fine (Xi)
Tongue description: Pale, thin and slightly dry tongue
Possible symptoms: Anxiety Insomnia Dizziness Pale lips Cold hands Amenorrhea Chest pain Poor memory Palpitations Easily scared Scanty periods Chest fullness Pale complexion Chest discomfort Shortness of breath Dream disturbed sleep
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 Pericardium Blood Deficiency will tend to exhibit choppy (Se) or fine (Xi) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Pericardium Blood Deficiency might experience symptoms like shortness of breath, anxiety, dizziness and dream disturbed sleep (full list here above).
Source date: 846 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation. Tonifies Qi.
Shen Qi Si Wu Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 846 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood.
Besides Pericardium Blood Deficiency, Shen Qi Si Wu Tang is also used to treat Heart Blood Deficiency.