The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
The Mind resides in both the Heart and the Pericardium. It can be greatly disturbed by Fire in these two Organs and cause symptoms like insomnia, mental restlessness, agitation, and dream disturbed sleep. Comparing with Pericardium Blood Deficiency, the manifestations of above mental emotion are much more obvious and severe.
The Heart and Pericardium open to the mouth and tongue, thus Fire can cause mouth ulcers, bitter tastes and thirst.
The feeling of chest tightness, pain and heat happens because Pericardium channel pass through chest. It also connects to the Lungs and cause slightly rapid breath.
The Pericardium is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Pericardium in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), rapid (Shu) or full (Shi)
Tongue description: red tongue with yellow coating. There is redder tip with swollen red points and midline crack until the tip.
Possible symptoms: Thirst Anxiety Red face Insomnia Chest heat Palpitations Mouth ulcers Rapid breath Tongue ulcers Restlnessness Heavy periods Mild chest pain Feeling of heat Dream disturbed sleep Bitter taste in the mouth Stifling sensation in the chest
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 Fire will tend to exhibit overflowing (Hong), rapid (Shu) or full (Shi) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Pericardium Fire might experience symptoms like mild chest pain, red face, palpitations and stifling sensation in the chest (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Key actions: Drains Fire. Resolves Toxicity. Dries Dampness.
Xie Xin Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Rhubarb (Da Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and resolve toxicity.
Besides Pericardium Fire, Xie Xin Tang is also used to treat Heart Fire blazing.