Desire to drink in small sips according to Chinese Medicine

Desire to drink in small sips 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 desire to drink in small sips 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 desire to drink in small sips is often associated with dry stools, anxiety and insomnia in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/yin-deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record three patterns that can cause desire to drink in small sips.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of desire to drink in small sips 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 desire to drink in small sips.

The three "patterns of disharmony" that can cause desire to drink in small sips

In Chinese Medicine desire to drink in small sips is a symptom for 3 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) is the king ingredient for Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/yin-deficiency

Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Red

In the case of Yin Deficiency, the body is short in the cooling, moistening and nurturing aspects. This leads to Heat and Dryness accompanied by weakness and lack of strength and resistance. Yin becomes Deficient by over-working, lack of sleep, over-exercising, overindulgence in sex, long-term chronic diseases, internal injury due to the seven emotions, and the over-eating of dry and hot-natured foods.

In addition to desire to drink in small sips, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/yin-deficiency include dry stools, anxiety and insomnia.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/yin-deficiency is often treated with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Liu Wei Di Huang Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish yin and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system)".

Read more about Yin Deficiency here

Softshell Turtle Shells (Bie Jia) is the king ingredient for Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/empty-heat-or-fire-caused-by-yin-deficiency

Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

When Yin Deficiency lasts for a long it may lead to Interior Heat

In addition to desire to drink in small sips, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/empty-heat-or-fire-caused-by-yin-deficiency include dry stools, anxiety and insomnia.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/empty-heat-or-fire-caused-by-yin-deficiency is often treated with Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Softshell Turtle Shells - Bie Jia - as a key herb). Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat from deficiency", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nourishes the Yin".

Read more about Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency here

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

Stomach Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Stomach Yin Deficiency causes Dryness and Heat, which harms the Organ's ability of receiving and ripening foods and drinks. It is the result of prolonged unbalanced diet and irregular eating habits.

In addition to desire to drink in small sips, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-yin-deficiency include dry stools, feeling of heat in the afternoon and dry mouth.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-yin-deficiency is often treated with Mai Men Dong Tang, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Dwarf Lilyturf Roots - Mai Dong - as a key herb). Mai Men Dong 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 Stomach".

Read more about Stomach Yin Deficiency here

Five herbal formulas that might help with desire to drink in small sips

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

Source date: 1119 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system).

Why might Liu Wei Di Huang Wan help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/yin-deficiency' of which desire to drink in small sips is a symptom.

Read more about Liu Wei Di Huang Wan here

Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Yin. Clears Heat.

Why might Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/empty-heat-or-fire-caused-by-yin-deficiency' of which desire to drink in small sips is a symptom.

Read more about Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang here

Huang Lian E Jiao Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Enriches the Yin. Causes Fire to descend. Eliminates irritability. Calms the spirit.

Why might Huang Lian E Jiao Tang help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/empty-heat-or-fire-caused-by-yin-deficiency' of which desire to drink in small sips is a symptom.

Read more about Huang Lian E Jiao Tang here

Mai Men Dong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Stomach. Generates Body Fluids. Directs Rebellious Qi downward.

Why might Mai Men Dong Tang help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-yin-deficiency' of which desire to drink in small sips is a symptom.

Read more about Mai Men Dong Tang here

Yi Wei Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Strengthen the Stomach. Creates Body Fluids.

Why might Yi Wei Tang help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-yin-deficiency' of which desire to drink in small sips is a symptom.

Read more about Yi Wei Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat desire to drink in small sips

Why might Yam (Shan Yao) help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because Yam is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat desire to drink in small sips as a symptom, like Liu Wei Di Huang Wan or Zuo Gui Wan for instance.

Yam is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach. Tonifies the Lung Qi and nourishes the Lung Yin. Nourishes the Kidneys and consolidates Jing.

Read more about Yam here

Why might Cornelian Cherry (Shan Zhu Yu) help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because Cornelian Cherry is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat desire to drink in small sips as a symptom, like Liu Wei Di Huang Wan or Zuo Gui Wan for instance.

Cornelian Cherries is a Warm herb that tastes Sour. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Preserves and tonifies the Kidney, Liver and Essence. Stops sweating and benefits the Yang and Qi. Assists menstruation and stops bleeding.

Read more about Cornelian Cherries here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat desire to drink in small sips as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Mai Men Dong Tang for instance.

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

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 Mudan Peony Bark (Mu Dan Pi) help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because Mudan Peony Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat desire to drink in small sips as a symptom, like Liu Wei Di Huang Wan or Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang for instance.

Mudan Peony Bark is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood, activates Blood circulation and resolves Blood stasis.

Read more about Mudan Peony Bark here

Why might Dwarf Lilyturf Root (Mai Dong) help with desire to drink in small sips?

Because Dwarf Lilyturf Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat desire to drink in small sips as a symptom, like Mai Men Dong Tang or Yi Wei Tang for instance.

Dwarf Lilyturf Roots is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Replenishes Yin Essence and promotes secretions. Lubricates and nourishes the Stomach. Soothes the Lung. Nourishes the Heart.

Read more about Dwarf Lilyturf Roots here