Summer Heat with Dampness

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 暑湿

Pinyin name: Shǔ Shī

Associated TCM concepts: Summer-Heat Dampness

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Anxiety Sweating Lassitude and eleven other symptoms

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

Tongue description: Red tongue with white sticky coating

This pattern often happens during hot summer and in very humid environment. Therefore, the condition is mostly acute. 

The combination of Summer Heat and Dampness can att

Diagnosing Summer Heat with Dampness

'Heat' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Heat pattern 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 Summer Heat with Dampness will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or soggy (Ru) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Summer Heat with Dampness might experience symptoms like nausea or vomiting, lassitude, shortness of breath and sticky stools (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Summer Heat with Dampness

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 11 herbs

Key actions: Releases the Exterior. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.

Formula summary

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Korean Mint (Huo Xiang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that transform Dampness and harmonize Stomach.

Besides Summer Heat with Dampness, Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San is also used to treat Stomach Qi rebelling upwards or Damp-Heat.

Read more about Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San

Diet recommendations

Try some vegetable or fruits that is good for clearing Summer Heat and Dampness such as water melon, cucumber or loofah. 

Most important herbs used to treat Summer Heat with Dampness