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Toxic 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 Toxic Heat gives rise to such diverse symptoms as boils, carbuncles, erythema and swellings (as well as eleven others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Toxic Heat patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red 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 Toxic Heat is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as abnormal vaginal discharge, conjunctivitis or erysipelas (as well as eight 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 Toxic 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)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red
Possible symptoms: Boils Sores Thirst Erythema Swellings Carbuncles Dark Urine Abdominal pain Feeling of heat Lower back pain Yellow vaginal discharge Smelly Vaginal discharge Sticky vaginal discharge Bloody vaginal discharge Five colour vaginal discharge
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 will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Toxic Heat might experience symptoms like boils, carbuncles, erythema and swellings (full list here above).
Source date: 1742 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat. Resolves Toxicity. Cools the Blood. Reduces swelling.
Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1742 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear external abscesses and sores.
Typical symptoms for abnormal vaginal discharge caused by Toxic Heat: Thirst Dark Urine Abdominal pain Feeling of heat Lower back pain Yellow vaginal discharge Smelly Vaginal discharge Sticky vaginal discharge Bloody vaginal discharge Five colour vaginal discharge
Recommended herbal formula: Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin
Women affected by Toxic Heat There might have five different vaginal discharge colors: white, yellow, brown, green and red. The red color can be from the discharge itself or from Blood. The consistency is thick and sticky like pus. There is also strong foul smell. Urine color is dark or red.
The treatment principle is to clear Heat, resolve Toxins, resolve Dampness and stop...Read more about abnormal vaginal discharge