Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

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Spleen Deficiency with Dampness 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 Spleen Deficiency with Dampness gives rise to such diverse symptoms as edema, general sensation of heaviness, diarrhea and urinary difficulty (as well as fourteen others).

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Spleen Deficiency with Dampness is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as vaginal itching, hepatitis or cystitis (as well as seventeen others).

Related conditions

Vaginal itching Hepatitis Cystitis Migraine Trigeminal neuralgia Conjunctivitis Pyelonephritis Edema Glomerulonephritis Nephrotic syndrome Hydrocele Motion sickness Menieres disease Gastrectasis Acute enteritis Ascites Congestive heart failure Pericardial and pleural effusions Hydrocephalus Polyhydramnios

Diagnosing Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

Practitioners for instance learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Spleen Deficiency with Dampness might experience symptoms like edema, general sensation of heaviness, diarrhea and urinary difficulty (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

Wu Ling San

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Promotes urination,. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Promotes Qi transformation function. Drains Dampness. Clears edema.

Formula summary

Wu Ling San is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Water Plantain (Ze Xie) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote urination and leach out Dampness.

Besides Spleen Deficiency with Dampness, Wu Ling San is also used to treat Yin Excess or Phlegm.

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Liu Jun Zi Tang

Source date: 1107

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach. Clears Phlegm and mucus. Promotes appetite.

Formula summary

Liu Jun Zi Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.

Besides Spleen Deficiency with Dampness, Liu Jun Zi Tang is also used to treat Qi Deficiency or Phlegm.

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Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin

Source date: 1732 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Warms the Kidneys. Drains Dampness. Separates the clear from the turbid.

Formula summary

Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Fish-Poison Yam (Bi Xie) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1732 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform water and Dampness.

Besides Spleen Deficiency with Dampness, Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin is also used to treat Damp-Heat in the Bladder.

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Special highlight: the link between vaginal itching and Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

Ginseng (Ren Shen) is the key herb for Liu Jun Zi Tang, a formula used for vaginal itching caused by Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

Dampness is the most common reason for vaginal and vulvar itching. Dampness can find its origins Externally or Internally, the latter being the case for this pattern. What causes the Dampness here is Spleen Qi Deficiency. The Spleen is responsible for transforming and transporting Body Fluids. An impaired Spleen function can therefore lead to an accumulation of Dampness in the Lower Burner which then gets sent to the Uterus and causes itching. 

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