Bloody sputum according to Chinese Medicine

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Bloody sputum can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like bloody sputum here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here bloody sputum is often associated with insomnia, dry cough and chest pain in the pattern “Lung Yin Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of bloody sputum we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Bai He Gu Jin Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Lung Yin Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause bloody sputum

In Chinese Medicine bloody sputum is a symptom for the pattern "Lung Yin Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Lung Yin Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Empty (Xu), Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Exterior Heat and Dryness invades the Lungs and exhausts the Body Fluids. It eventually leads to Lung Yin Deficiency, if not intervened for a long time.

In addition to bloody sputum, other symptoms associated with Lung Yin Deficiency include insomnia, dry cough and chest pain.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Lung Yin Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Absence Of Menstruation.

Lung Yin Deficiency is often treated with Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Unprepared Rehmannia - Di Huang - as a key herb). Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nourishes the Yin".

Read more about Lung Yin Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with bloody sputum

Bai He Gu Jin Tang

Source date: 1573 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin. Lubricates the Lung and clears phlegm.

Why might Bai He Gu Jin Tang help with bloody sputum?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Lung Yin Deficiency' of which bloody sputum is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Lung Yin Deficiency can contribute to many health issues, including Absence Of Menstruation.

Read more about Bai He Gu Jin Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat bloody sputum

Why might Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) help with bloody sputum?

Because it is a key herb in Bai He Gu Jin Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with bloody sputum as a symptom)

Unprepared Rehmannia is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Heat by Cooling Blood. Tonifies Yin by promoting Fluid production. Soothes the Heart by calming Blazing Fire. Cools and nourishes.

Read more about Unprepared Rehmannia here

Why might Lily Bulb (Bai He) help with bloody sputum?

Because it is a key herb in Bai He Gu Jin Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with bloody sputum as a symptom)

Lily Bulbs is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and stops cough due to either Lung Yin Deficiency or Lung-Heat. Clears Heat from the Heart and calms the Spirit (Shen).

Read more about Lily Bulbs here

Why might Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) help with bloody sputum?

Because it is a key herb in Bai He Gu Jin Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with bloody sputum as a symptom)

Prepared Rehmannia is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Tonifies the Yin of the Kidneys.

Read more about Prepared Rehmannia here

Why might Pagoda Tree Flower (Huai Hua) help with bloody sputum?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat bloody sputum as can be seen on Pagoda Tree Flower's page.

Pagoda Tree Flowers is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood to stop bleeding and eliminates excessive Fire in the Liver

Read more about Pagoda Tree Flowers here

Why might Chicken Egg Yolk (Ji Zi Huang) help with bloody sputum?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat bloody sputum as can be seen on Chicken Egg Yolk's page.

Chicken Egg Yolks is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Nourishes Yin and moisturizes Dryness. Nourishes blood and dispels Wind.

Read more about Chicken Egg Yolks here

Conditions associated with bloody sputum

Absence of menstruation

Other symptoms often associated with bloody sputum

Nosebleed Insomnia Coughing Dry cough Dizziness Sores Fatigue Hematuria Carbuncles Chest pain