Terminal Yin stage

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 厥阴      Pinyin name: Jué Yīn

Causes

Precursor patterns: Lesser Yin Cold Transformation Lesser Yin Heat Transformation

Common causes: External pathogenic factor

Diagnosis

Treatment

Treatment principle: Clear Heat above, expel Cold below, harmonize the Liver channel.

Common formulas: Wu Mei Wan

Pathology

This is the third Yin stage and consequently the last stage of the Six Stages theory

At this stage the disharmony is associated with the Pericardium and Liver.

The symptoms are a mix of Heat above (thirst, feeling of energy rising, pain and heat sensation of heart region) and Cold below (no desire to eat, cold limbs, vomiting).

The Terminal Yin pattern is sometimes seen in parasite infections such as roundworms.

Causes

Precursor patterns: Terminal Yin stage can derive from Lesser Yin Cold Transformation Lesser Yin Heat Transformation

External pathogenic factor: The main cause of this pattern is when an external pathogen, typically Wind-Cold, has invaded the body and had progressed deep in the Interior. By this advanced stage of the six-stages theory, it's transformed into a Yin pattern.

Diagnosing Terminal Yin stage

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Main symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting Cold limbs Persistent thirst Vomiting of roundworms Hungry but no desire to eat Feeling of energy rising to the chest Pain and heat sensation in heart region

Treating Terminal Yin stage

Treatment principle

Clear Heat above, expel Cold below, harmonize the Liver channel.

Herbal formulas used to treat Terminal Yin stage

Wu Mei Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Organs. Drains Heat. Calms roundworms. Drains the Liver. Calms the Stomach.

Formula summary

Wu Mei Wan is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that expel parasites.

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