Deep aching and heaviness in the extremities

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Deep aching and heaviness in the extremities 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 deep aching and heaviness in the extremities 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 deep aching and heaviness in the extremities is often associated with dizziness, abdominal pain that worsens with cold and heavy sensation in the head in the pattern “Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of deep aching and heaviness in the extremities we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Zhen Wu Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause deep aching and heaviness in the extremities

In Chinese Medicine deep aching and heaviness in the extremities is a symptom for the pattern "Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency". 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

Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Tooth-marked, Swollen

In addition to deep aching and heaviness in the extremities, other symptoms associated with Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency include dizziness, abdominal pain that worsens with cold and heavy sensation in the head.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Intermenstrual Bleeding.

Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency is often treated with Zhen Wu Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Prepared Aconite - Zhi Fu Zi - as a key herb). Zhen Wu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm and transform water and dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys".

Read more about Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with deep aching and heaviness in the extremities

Zhen Wu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys. Eliminates Dampness.

Why might Zhen Wu Tang help with deep aching and heaviness in the extremities?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which deep aching and heaviness in the extremities is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Spleen Or Kidney Yang Deficiency include dizziness, abdominal pain that worsens with cold and heavy sensation in the head.

Read more about Zhen Wu Tang here

Prepared aconite might help with deep aching and heaviness in the extremities

Why might Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) help with deep aching and heaviness in the extremities?

Because it is a key herb in Zhen Wu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with deep aching and heaviness in the extremities as a symptom)

Prepared Aconite is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Raises the collapse of Yang. Warms the meridians and relieves pain caused by Cold. Reduces Damp caused by Deficiency in Yang.

Read more about Prepared Aconite here