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An Excess condition, rebellious Qi is another form of Qi Stagnation. In this case, Qi flows in the wrong direction; meaning a direction different from the normal physiological one for a given Organ or Channel. For instance, if the normal downward flow of Stomach Qi is disrupted and it goes upward instead, nausea, vomiting, belching or hiccupping may result.
The normal direction of Qi varies from Organ to Organ, as each has its own normal direction of flow of Qi, but the majority of them flow downwards. This means than in most case a rebellious Qi condition will make Qi flow upwards. That's why so many of the symptoms are located in the upper parts of the body: belching, nausea, vomiting, coughing, headaches, asthma, etc.
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Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Normal (light red), Red sides
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 Rebellious Qi will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a normal (light red), red sides tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Rebellious Qi might experience symptoms like belching, nausea, hiccuping and diarrhea (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Regulates the downward flow of Stomach Qi. Expectorant, treats hiccups.
Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Inula Flowers (Xuan Fu Hua) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.