Burning sensation in the anus according to Chinese Medicine

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Burning sensation in the anus 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 burning sensation in the anus 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 burning sensation in the anus is often associated with scanty and dark urine, feeling of heat and feeling of heaviness in the pattern “Damp-Heat invading the Spleen”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of burning sensation in the anus we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Lian Po Yin can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Damp-Heat invading the Spleen, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause burning sensation in the anus

In Chinese Medicine burning sensation in the anus is a symptom for the pattern "Damp-Heat invading the Spleen". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Damp-Heat invading the Spleen

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

In addition to burning sensation in the anus, other symptoms associated with Damp-Heat invading the Spleen include scanty and dark urine, feeling of heat and feeling of heaviness.

Damp-Heat invading the Spleen is often treated with Lian Po Yin, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Goldthread Rhizomes - Huang Lian - as a key herb). Lian Po Yin belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat and expel dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Heat".

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A herbal formula that might help with burning sensation in the anus

Lian Po Yin

Source date: 1862 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.

Why might Lian Po Yin help with burning sensation in the anus?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat invading the Spleen' of which burning sensation in the anus is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Damp-Heat Invading The Spleen include scanty and dark urine, feeling of heat and feeling of heaviness.

Read more about Lian Po Yin here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat burning sensation in the anus

Why might Goldthread Rhizome (Huang Lian) help with burning sensation in the anus?

Because it is a key herb in Lian Po Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat invading the Spleen' (a pattern with burning sensation in the anus as a symptom)

Goldthread Rhizomes is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Lower Burner. Eliminates Fire toxicity especially when there is associated Dampness. Acts as a sedative by eliminating Heart Fire. Eliminates Stomach Fire. Expel parasites

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Why might Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu) help with burning sensation in the anus?

Because it is a key herb in Lian Po Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat invading the Spleen' (a pattern with burning sensation in the anus as a symptom)

Houpu Magnolia Bark is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Moves Rebellious Qi downward, dries Dampness and relieves Food Stagnation. Transforms Phlegm and redirects Rebellious Qi of the Lung.

Read more about Houpu Magnolia Bark here