Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 气陷

Pinyin name: Qì Xiàn

Associated TCM concepts: Qi

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Diarrhea Tiredness Weak voice Hemorrhoids Empty pulse and fifteen other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

Tongue color: Pale

Qi Collapse (or "Qi Sinking") is a form of Qi Deficiency so on top of the symptoms specific to it (such as the prolapse of the Organs) there can be any of the other symptoms of Qi Deficiency. The treatment however, contrary to Qi Deficiency, necessitates not only to tonify but also to raise Qi.

The causes can be diverse although it is common in the case of chronic overwork and after a particularly difficult birth-giving episode, when all the body's resources are exhausted.

Diagnosing Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

Qi is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Qi in Chinese Medicine

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 Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking will tend to exhibit empty (Xu) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking might experience symptoms like diarrhea, tiredness, incontinence and hemorrhoids (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Source date: 1247

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.

Formula summary

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1247, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.

Besides Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is also used to treat Qi Deficiency or Spleen Qi Sinking.

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking