Rebellious Qi

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 逆气

Pinyin name: Nì Qì

Associated TCM concepts: Qi

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Asthma Belching Diarrhea Vomiting and five other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Normal (light red), Red sides

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.

Diagnosing Rebellious Qi

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Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Normal (light red), Red sides

Possible symptoms: Nausea Asthma Belching Diarrhea Vomiting Insomnia Coughing Hiccuping Headaches Restlnessness

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).

Herbal formulas used to treat Rebellious Qi

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the downward flow of Stomach Qi. Expectorant, treats hiccups.

Formula summary

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.

Besides Rebellious Qi, Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang is also used to treat Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine or Rebellious Liver Qi invading the Stomach.

Read more about Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Rebellious Qi