Toxic-Heat Stagnation

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 热毒蕴结

Pinyin name: Rè Dú Yùn Jié

Associated TCM concepts: Toxic-Heat


Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Eczema Pustule Dark Urine and ten other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu)

Tongue description: Red tongue with yellow coating

This pattern can be chronic and causes by accumulated Heat or Fire in the body, which become Toxin eventually. It can also be caused by external Pernicious Influences which combat with the Defensive Qi and it gives rise to symptoms like fever and redness. This Toxic-Heat also consumes Body Fluids and injures Yin, hence the symptoms of thirst and constipation. 

If it settles on the skin, the harmony between the Nutritious Qi and Defensive Qi is greatly disturbed, which then impairs Qi and Blood circulation in the Channels. Qi Stagnation causes swelling, while Blood Stagnation causes pain, hence the red skin eruptions and pustules. For instance, acne during teenage time is mainly due to the Toxic-Heat Stagnation on the skin.

If it is on throat, symptoms like sore, swollen and painful throat occurs. It can be tonsillitis with swollen tonsils and exudate. It can also causes swelling and pain in perineum, prostate or testicle. 

Diagnosing Toxic-Heat Stagnation

'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 Toxic-Heat Stagnation will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Toxic-Heat Stagnation might experience symptoms like constipation, thirst, dark urine and pustule (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Toxic-Heat Stagnation

Huang Lian Jie Du Tang

Source date: 752 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Drains Fire. Resolves Toxin.

Formula summary

Huang Lian Jie Du Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 752 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and resolve toxicity.

Besides Toxic-Heat Stagnation, Huang Lian Jie Du Tang is also used to treat Toxic-Heat.

Read more about Huang Lian Jie Du Tang

Diet recommendations

Avoid hot and spicy foods and drinks. Avoid smoking and alcohols. 

Most important herbs used to treat Toxic-Heat Stagnation