Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

Home > Patterns of disharmony > Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 寒凝肝脉      Pinyin name: Hán Níng Gān Mài

Pattern nature: Full

Causes

Precursor patterns: Liver Qi Stagnation

Common causes: Invasion of Exterior Cold

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

Treatment

Treatment principle: Clear the Liver, expel Cold.

Common formulas: Nuan Gan Jian

Pathology

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.

Causes

Precursor patterns: Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel can derive from Liver Qi Stagnation

Invasion of Exterior Cold:

Diagnosing Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Pale and wet with a white coating

Main symptoms: Testicular pain Feeling of cold Vertical headaches Cold hands and feet Shrinking of the vagina Vomiting of clear fluids Contraction of the scrotum Hypochondrial fullness and distention with pain alleviated by warmth

Diagnosis commentary: The key characteristic symptoms are the hypogastric pain that also gets reflected in the scrotum and testicules (or vagina for some women), the cold hands and feet and the Wiry-Deep-Slow Pulse.

Treating Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

Treatment principle

Clear the Liver, expel Cold.

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. 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.