Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: No thirst Cold extremities Generalized body pain Aching bones and joints Aversion to cold (especially at the back)

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Deep (Chen), Minute (Wei), Slow (Chi)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp 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 Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp gives rise to such diverse symptoms as generalized body pain, aching bones and joints, cold extremities and no thirst.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp patients tend to exhibit choppy (Se), deep (Chen), minute (Wei) or slow (Chi) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic bronchitis, uterine prolapse or cirrhosis (as well as sixteen others).

Related conditions

Chronic bronchitis Uterine prolapse Cirrhosis Migraine Trigeminal neuralgia Nephrotic syndrome Congestive heart failure Rheumatoid arthritis Lumbar disc disease Periarthritis of the shoulder Piriformis syndrome Cluster headache Bells palsy Cervical spine disease Ankylosing spondylitis Essential tremor Chronic nephritis Cardiac disease Erectile dysfunction

Diagnosing Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp

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

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), deep (Chen), minute (Wei) or slow (Chi)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Possible symptoms: No thirst Cold extremities Generalized body pain Aching bones and joints Aversion to cold (especially at the back)

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 Deficiency with Cold-Damp will tend to exhibit choppy (Se), deep (Chen), minute (Wei) or slow (Chi) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp might experience symptoms like generalized body pain, aching bones and joints, cold extremities and no thirst (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp

Fu Zi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Meridians. Assists the Yang. Dispels Cold. Transforms Dampness.

Formula summary

Fu Zi Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform water and Dampness.

Besides Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp, Fu Zi Tang is also used to treat Phlegm in the Joints.

Read more about Fu Zi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Yang Deficiency with Cold-Damp