Summer-Heat

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 暑      Pinyin name: Shǔ

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: General pattern

Causes

Common causes: External pathogenic factor

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Sweating Headaches Irritability and three other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Soggy (Ru)

Tongue description: Red in the front or sides with a white sticky coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Release the Exterior, expel Summer-Heat, clear Heat, promote Fluids.

Common formulas: Qing Luo Yin

Pathology

Summer Heat is one of the four patterns of the Defensive Qi level, the first level of invasion in the Four Level theory.

It corresponds to the invasion of "External Evil" Summer-Heat. As the name indicates, it predominantly tends to occur during the summer.

As a pattern situated at the Defensive Qi level, it remains in the Exterior of the body, hence the aversion to cold. That being said, Summer Heat is very good at penetrating deeper in the body almost immediately. This is why the pattern includes signs of Interior Heat such as irritability and thirst.

The feeling of heaviness and uncomfortable sensation of the epigastrium is because Summer Heat often combines with Dampness

Causes

External pathogenic factor: Summer Heat, as the name indicates, is the invasion of an External Pathogenic Factor Summer-Heat

Diagnosing Summer-Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or soggy (Ru)

Tongue description: Red in the front or sides with a white sticky coating

Main symptoms: Fever Thirst Sweating Headaches Irritability Aversion to cold Feeling of heaviness Uncomfortable sensation in the epigastrium

Treating Summer-Heat

Treatment principle

Release the Exterior, expel Summer-Heat, clear Heat, promote Fluids.

Herbal formulas used to treat Summer-Heat

Qing Luo Yin

Source date: 1798

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Resolves Summer-Heat. Clears the Lungs.

Formula summary

Qing Luo Yin is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1798, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Summer-Heat and clear Heat.

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