The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
Summer Heat is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.
Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Summer Heat gives rise to such diverse symptoms as fever, sweating, thirst and irritability (as well as three others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Summer Heat patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or soggy (Ru) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.
Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Summer Heat is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as cystitis, heatstroke or stomach flu (as well as three others).
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Summer Heat, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
'Heat' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Heat pattern in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or soggy (Ru)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
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 will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or soggy (Ru) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Summer Heat might experience symptoms like fever, sweating, thirst and irritability (full list here above).
Source date: 1172 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Clears Summer-Heat. Drains Dampness. Supplements Qi.
Liu Yi San is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Talc (Hua Shi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1172 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of Dampness.
Besides Summer Heat, Liu Yi San is also used to treat Damp-Heat in the Bladder.