Bright-white complexion according to Chinese Medicine

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Bright-white complexion 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 bright-white complexion 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 bright-white complexion is often associated with feeling of cold, loose stools and listlessness in the pattern “Collapse of Yang”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause bright-white complexion.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of bright-white complexion we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the two medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat bright-white complexion.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause bright-white complexion

In Chinese Medicine bright-white complexion is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

Ginseng (Ren Shen) is the king ingredient for Shen Fu Tang, a formula used for Collapse of Yang

Collapse of Yang

Pulse type(s): Scattered (San), Slow (Chi), Hidden (Fu)

In addition to bright-white complexion, other symptoms associated with Collapse of Yang include feeling of cold, loose stools and listlessness.

Collapse of Yang is often treated with Shen Fu Tang, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Ginseng - Ren Shen - as a key herb). Shen Fu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that rescue devastated yang", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Restores Yang".

Read more about Collapse of Yang here

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

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Weak (Ruo)

In addition to bright-white complexion, other symptoms associated with Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency include feeling of cold, loose stools and lower back pain.

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency is often treated with Li Zhong Wan, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Dried Ginger - Gan Jiang - as a key herb). Li Zhong Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms the Middle Burner".

Read more about Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency here

Two herbal formulas that might help with bright-white complexion

Shen Fu Tang

Source date: 1445 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Restores Yang. Strongly tonifies the source Qi. Saves Qi from collapsing due to devastated Yang.

Why might Shen Fu Tang help with bright-white complexion?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Collapse of Yang' of which bright-white complexion is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Collapse Of Yang include feeling of cold, loose stools and listlessness.

Read more about Shen Fu Tang here

Li Zhong Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Middle Burner. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.

Why might Li Zhong Wan help with bright-white complexion?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency' of which bright-white complexion is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney And Spleen Yang Deficiency include feeling of cold, loose stools and lower back pain.

Read more about Li Zhong Wan here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat bright-white complexion

Why might Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with bright-white complexion?

Because Ginseng is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat bright-white complexion as a symptom, like Shen Fu Tang or Li Zhong Wan for instance.

Ginseng is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit).

Read more about Ginseng here

Why might Dried Ginger (Gan Jiang) help with bright-white complexion?

Because it is a key herb in Li Zhong Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with bright-white complexion as a symptom)

Dried Ginger is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Stomach, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and expels Cold. Restores collapse of Yang and expels Interior Cold. Warms the Lungs and assists expectoration of Cold Phlegm. Stops chronic bleeding caused by Cold.

Read more about Dried Ginger here