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Chinese name: 肝郁化火
Pinyin name: Gān Yù Huà Huǒ
From a mental emotional perspective, patients tend to be irritable, anxious, moody and prone to outbursts of anger. This differs from Liver Qi Stagnation where patients are more able to repress their anger.
A diet overly rich in hot-energy foods (such as red meat, spices and alcohol) can trigger the development of Heat from Qi stagnation.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Red points on the sides
Possible symptoms: Anger Thirst Red face Red eyes Red lips Insomnia Moodiness Dizziness Headaches Depression Dry stools Dense milk Irritability Constipation Heavy periods Abdominal pain Feeling of heat Menstrual cramps Breast distention Sore and weak limbs Premenstrual tension Dark menstrual blood Feeling of distension Scanty and dark urine Irregular menstruation Bitter taste in the mouth Feeling of lump in the throat Premenstrual breast distension Distention and pain in the chest and hypochondria
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 Stagnant Liver-Qi turning into Fire will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red points on the sides tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Stagnant Liver-Qi turning into Fire might experience symptoms like feeling of distension, irritability, feeling of heat and menstrual cramps (full list here above).
Source date: 1682 AD
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears and drains Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner.
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1682 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat from the Organs.
Source date: Ming dynasty
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Clears Liver and Spleen Qi Stagnation. Tonifies Spleen. Clears Deficient Heat. Nourishes the blood.
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in Ming dynasty, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Liver-Spleen.
Source date: 2002 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Clears Liver Fire from Stagnant Liver Qi.
Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Mudan Peony Bark (Mu Dan Pi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 2002 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Liver-Heat.
Besides Stagnant Liver-Qi turning into Fire, Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San is also used to treat Kidney Yin Deficiency.
Avoid excessive hot-energy foods (such as red meat, spices and alcohol)
Typical symptoms for menstrual cramps caused by Stagnant Liver-Qi turning into Fire: Anger Thirst Red face Red lips Dizziness Dry stools Irritability Heavy periods Abdominal pain Feeling of heat Menstrual cramps Sore and weak limbs Dark menstrual blood Bitter taste in the mouth
The cramps caused by this pattern usually happens before or during the period. The symptoms are similar to these from Liver Qi Stagnation but more intense. The menstrual blood is dark purple and the flow is heavy. The patients is often irritable and gets angry easily. They feel thirsty and have a sensation of heat in their body. Dry stools is also a typical symptom.
Liver Fire is a consequence of a long-term Stagnation of Liver-Qi. It should be treated by eliminating Stagnation rather than...Read more about menstrual cramps
Typical symptoms for spontaneous flow of breast milk caused by Stagnant Liver-Qi turning into Fire: Thirst Insomnia Headaches Dense milk Irritability Constipation Breast distention Bitter taste in the mouth Distention and pain in the chest and hypochondria
Alongside Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Liver Fire is the other key pattern causing a spontaneous flow of breastmilk. Since the Liver is connected to nipples through the Liver Channel, Liver Fire agitates the breast milk and pushes it out. This is a Excess type of pattern, therefore the milk appearance is rather dense and yellow.
Long term emotional stress such as anger, frustration, resentment or a sudden emotional upset can lead to Liver Qi stagnation. If untreated for a while, it can...Read more about spontaneous flow of breast milk