Summer Heat

Pattern factsheet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Sweating Diarrhea Vomiting and two other symptoms

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

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

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).

Related conditions

Cystitis Heatstroke Stomach flu Gastroenteritis Urethritis Urinary stones

Diagnosing Summer Heat

'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

Possible symptoms: Fever Thirst Sweating Diarrhea Vomiting Irritability Urinary difficulty

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).

Herbal formulas used to treat Summer Heat

Liu Yi San

Source date: 1172 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Clears Summer-Heat. Drains Dampness. Supplements Qi.

Formula summary

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.

Read more about Liu Yi San

Most important herbs used to treat Summer Heat