Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 寒凝肝脉

Pinyin name: Hán Níng Gān Mài

Associated TCM concepts: Cold pattern Liver Channel Liver

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Testicular pain Feeling of cold Vertical headaches Cold hands and feet Shrinking of the vagina and three other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Pale and wet with a white coating

This is caused by invasion of the Liver Channel by Cold, from the Exterior.

The Liver Channel flows around the genitalia and Cold contracts. This explains the pain and contraction in the scrotum (primarily) as well as the testicules/vagina.

Diagnosing Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

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

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 Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or wiry (Xian) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel might experience symptoms like hypochondrial fullness and distention with pain alleviated by warmth, testicular pain, contraction of the scrotum and vertical headaches (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

Nuan Gan Jian

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Liver and Kidneys. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates pain.

Formula summary

Nuan Gan Jian is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Fennel Seeds (Xiao Hui Xiang) and Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1624 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Read more about Nuan Gan Jian

Diet recommendations

Eat only cooked foods and absolutely nothing raw or Cold in energy or temperature. As such avoid rice, millet and other grains, legumes, winter squash, cooked vegetables and greens.

Most important herbs used to treat Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel