Qi Deficiency Fever

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Aversion to cold Spontaneous sweating Thirst for warm drinks Intermittent fever that worsens upon exertion

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Qi Deficiency Fever 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 Qi Deficiency Fever gives rise to such diverse symptoms as intermittent fever that worsens upon exertion, spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold and thirst for warm drinks.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Qi Deficiency Fever patients tend to exhibit empty (Xu) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Qi Deficiency Fever is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic hepatitis, arrhythmia or hypertension (as well as eleven others).

Related conditions

Chronic hepatitis Arrhythmia Hypertension Chronic bronchitis Chronic rhinitis Apthous ulcers Chronic laryngitis Uterine prolapse Rectal prolapse Gastroptosis Hernial pain Urinary incontinence Leukorrhea Chyluria

Diagnosing Qi Deficiency Fever

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Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Possible symptoms: Aversion to cold Spontaneous sweating Thirst for warm drinks Intermittent fever that worsens upon exertion

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 Deficiency Fever 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 Deficiency Fever might experience symptoms like intermittent fever that worsens upon exertion, spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold and thirst for warm drinks.

Herbal formulas used to treat Qi Deficiency Fever

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

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Qi Deficiency Fever