Yin and Blood Deficiency

At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?


Common symptoms: Fatigue Dry stools Mouth sores Irritability Forgetfulness and four other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi), Rapid (Shu)

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red


Common formulas: Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan


Yin and Blood Deficiency 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 Yin and Blood Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as irritability, palpitations with anxiety, fatigue and insomnia with very restless sleep (as well as five others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Yin and Blood Deficiency patients tend to exhibit fine (Xi) or rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red tongue with partial absence of coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Yin and Blood Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as perimenopausal syndrome, aphthous ulcers or cardiac disease (as well as two others).

Diagnosing Yin and Blood Deficiency

Treating Yin and Blood Deficiency

Herbal formulas used to treat Yin and Blood Deficiency

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

Source date: 16th century

Number of ingredients: 14 herbs

Key actions: Enriches the Yin. Nourishes the Blood. Clears Heat. Calms the Mind.

Formula summary

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan is a 14-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 16th century, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish the Heart and calm the Mind.

Besides Yin and Blood Deficiency, Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan is also used to treat Heart Yin Deficiency or Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency.

Read more about Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

Related conditions

Perimenopausal syndrome Aphthous ulcers Cardiac disease Nervous exhaustion Chronic urticaria