Yang Excess

Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 阳盛

Pinyin name: Yáng Shèng

Related conditions: Asthma Stroke Enuresis and fourteen other conditions

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Red face Irritability Restlnessness and two other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Yang Excess is a Full Yang state and its symptoms are similar to those are caused by the Heat Pernicious invasion. Yang is associated with Heat, activity and Dryness and these are the general symptoms when patients have Excess Yang. However, they become more specific depending on the Organ involved. For instance, Excess Liver Yang can cause migraines, or Excess Heart Yang can result in manic behavior and extreme restlessness. When there is Excess Yang, the body is in a hyperfunctional state. Over time, the Body Fluids can be "burned off" by the presence of Excessive Yang, resulting in a condition of Yin Deficiency.

Excess Yang is most likely caused by the Heat Pernicious Influence, either External or Internal. It can also be caused by internal damage from the Seven Emotions, the Stagnation of Qi or Blood, over-exposure to hot climates or environments, indigestion, and the over consumption of hot-natured and fried greasy foods, coffee, alcohol and red meat.

Related conditions

Hypertension Cholecystitis Schizophrenia Appendicitis Asthma Hemorrhoids Icteric hepatitis Pancreatis Urinary stones Bacterial dysentery Encephalitis Influenza Lobar pneumonia Purulent tonsillitis Cardiopulmonary disease Enuresis Stroke

Diagnosing Yang Excess

'Excess' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Excess / Full in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Possible symptoms: Fever Thirst Red face Irritability Restlnessness Scanty dark urination Yellow 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 Yang Excess will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or full (Shi) pulses as well as a red tongue with sticky coating, yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Yang Excess might experience symptoms like fever, thirst, red face and restlnessness (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Yang Excess

Da Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Purges Heat from the Stomach and Intestines. Relieves constipation.

Formula summary

Da Cheng Qi Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Rhubarb (Da Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that purge Heat accumulation.

Besides Yang Excess, Da Cheng Qi Tang is also used to treat Heat in Yang brightness Organs.

Read more about Da Cheng Qi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Yang Excess