Yang Excess or Full Yang

At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Key attributes

Chinese name: 阳盛      Pinyin name: Yáng Shèng

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: General pattern

Causes

Common causes: 1. External Wind-Heat or Summer-Heat, 2. Emotional stress, 3. Diet, 4. External Wind or Cold

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: No sweat Hyper-active Constipation Feeling of heat Aversion to heat

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

Tongue description: Red tongue with dry, rough and yellowish tick coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Clear Excess Yang

Common formulas: Da Cheng Qi Tang

Pathology

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, hyper-activity and Dryness. These are the general symptoms when patients have Excess Yang.

The Body Fluids can be "burned off" by the presence of Excessive Yang over time, resulting in the condition of Yin Deficiency or Empty Heat. It causes symptoms such as insomnia or dry throat, mouth and stools. When there is Excess Yang, the body is in a hyper-functional state.

Other symptoms depends more on the specific Organs involved. For instance, Excess Liver Yang can cause migraines, stiffness and soreness, blurred vision and etc. Excess Heart Yang results in manic behavior and extreme restlessness. 

Causes

External Wind-Heat or Summer-Heat: Hot climates or environments produce Wind-Heat or Summer-Heat  to the body. Over-exposure to there two Pernicious Evils gives rise to Yang Excess.

Emotional stress: Long term emotional stress can cause internal Heat such as Heart Fire or Liver Fire. It can develops to Yang Excess.

Diet: Over consumption of hot-natured foods such as coffee, alcohol and red meat, fried or greasy foods can give rise to Yang Excess.

External Wind or Cold : Other external pathogenic factors such as Wind or Cold can turn into internal Heat and eventually develops to Yang Excess.

Diagnosing Yang Excess or Full Yang

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

Tongue description: Red tongue with dry, rough and yellowish tick coating

Main symptoms: No sweat Hyper-active Constipation Feeling of heat Aversion to heat

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the feeling of heat, thirst and dark urine.

Treating Yang Excess or Full Yang

Treatment principle

Clear Excess Yang 

Herbal formulas used to treat Yang Excess or Full Yang

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. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that purge Heat accumulation.

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

Read more about Da Cheng Qi Tang

Consequence patterns

Yin Deficiency

Prolonged Yang Excess can heat Yin.