Delirious speech according to Chinese Medicine

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Delirious speech 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 delirious speech 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 delirious speech is often associated with fever, irritability and insomnia in the pattern “Heat in the Blood”. As you will see below, we have in record five patterns that can cause delirious speech.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of delirious speech we’ve identified five herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat delirious speech.

The five "patterns of disharmony" that can cause delirious speech

In Chinese Medicine delirious speech is a symptom for 5 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) is the king ingredient for Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a formula used for Heat in the Blood

Heat in the Blood

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu)

Tongue color: Red

Heat in the Blood (or Blood-Heat) refers to a condition whereby Heat, as a so-called "Pernicious Influence", entered the Blood. This invasion tends to accelerate Blood flow (leading to a faster pulse) and to manifest itself in various types of bleeding as well as other symptoms.

In addition to delirious speech, other symptoms associated with Heat in the Blood include fever, irritability and insomnia.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Heat in the Blood is associated with health issues such as Early Menstruation, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding or Heavy Menstruation.

Heat in the Blood is often treated with Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Water Buffalo Horns - Shui Niu Jiao - as a key herb). Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system".

Read more about Heat in the Blood here

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

Heat in Pericardium

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

In addition to delirious speech, other symptoms associated with Heat in Pericardium include convulsions, fever at night and incoherent speech.

Heat in Pericardium is often treated with Qing Ying Tang, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Water Buffalo Horns - Shui Niu Jiao - as a key herb). Qing Ying Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears the Nutritive level Heat".

Read more about Heat in Pericardium here

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

Bright Yang Stomach Heat

Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), Rapid (Shu)

In addition to delirious speech, other symptoms associated with Bright Yang Stomach Heat include irritability, feeling of heat and high fever.

Bright Yang Stomach Heat is often treated with Bai Hu Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Gypsum - Shi Gao - as a key herb). Bai Hu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear qi-level heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Qi-level Heat".

Read more about Bright Yang Stomach Heat here

The Triple Burner is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Triple Burner in Chinese Medicine

Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Full (Shi)

In addition to delirious speech, other symptoms associated with Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner include irritability, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.

Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner is often treated with Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Peach Kernels - Tao Ren - as a key herb). Tao He Cheng Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Dispels Heat and".

Read more about Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner here

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

Heat invading the Pericardium

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

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

In addition to delirious speech, other symptoms associated with Heat invading the Pericardium include fever, irritability and general sensation of unease.

Heat invading the Pericardium is often treated with Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Ox Gallstones - Niu Huang - as a key herb). Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat and open sensory orifices", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity".

Read more about Heat invading the Pericardium here

Five herbal formulas that might help with delirious speech

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system. Removes Blood Stagnation.

Why might Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang help with delirious speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat in the Blood' of which delirious speech is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat In The Blood include fever, irritability and insomnia.

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here

Tao He Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Dispels Heat and. Eliminates Blood Stagnation.

Why might Tao He Cheng Qi Tang help with delirious speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner' of which delirious speech is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat And Blood Stagnation In The Lower Burner include irritability, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.

Read more about Tao He Cheng Qi Tang here

Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Source date: 1568 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity. Calms the Mind. Opens up the Orifices.

Why might Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan help with delirious speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat invading the Pericardium' of which delirious speech is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat Invading The Pericardium include fever, irritability and general sensation of unease.

Read more about Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan here

Qing Ying Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears the Nutritive level Heat. Relieves Fire Toxin. Removes Heat. Nourishes Yin.

Why might Qing Ying Tang help with delirious speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat in Pericardium' of which delirious speech is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat In Pericardium include convulsions, fever at night and incoherent speech.

Read more about Qing Ying Tang here

Bai Hu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Clears Qi-level Heat. Drains Stomach Fire. Generates fluids. Alleviates thirst.

Why might Bai Hu Tang help with delirious speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Bright Yang Stomach Heat' of which delirious speech is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Bright Yang Stomach Heat include irritability, feeling of heat and high fever.

Read more about Bai Hu Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat delirious speech

Why might Water Buffalo Horn (Shui Niu Jiao) help with delirious speech?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat delirious speech and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat delirious speech as a symptom (such as Qing Ying Tang for instance).

Water Buffalo Horns is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Salty. It targets the Stomach, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood, drains Fire and stops reckless movement of Blood. Clears Heat and Fire and stops tremors and convulsions. Cools Fire and expels toxins.

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Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with delirious speech?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat delirious speech as a symptom, like Bai Hu Tang or Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

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Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with delirious speech?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat delirious speech as a symptom, like Er Chen Tang or Liu Jun Zi Tang for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

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Why might Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi) help with delirious speech?

Because Tangerine Peel is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat delirious speech as a symptom, like Er Chen Tang or Liu Jun Zi Tang for instance.

Tangerine Peel is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and regulates the Middle Burner Qi. Dries Dampness and disperses Phlegm from the Lungs and Middle Burner. Reduces the potential for Stagnation caused by tonifying herbs.

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Why might Fresh Ginger (Sheng Jiang) help with delirious speech?

Because Fresh Ginger is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat delirious speech as a symptom, like Er Chen Tang or Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang for instance.

Fresh Ginger is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold. Warms and circulates Qi in the Middle Burner. Calms a restless fetus and treats morning sickness. Treats seafood poisoning.

Read more about Fresh Ginger here