Emaciation according to Chinese Medicine

Emaciation 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 emaciation 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 emaciation is often associated with night fever in the pattern “Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of emaciation we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause emaciation

In Chinese Medicine emaciation is a symptom for the pattern "Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency

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

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 emaciation, other symptoms associated with Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency include night fever.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Lupus.

Empty-Heat 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 and clears Heat".

Read more about Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with emaciation

Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Yin and clears Heat.

Why might Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang help with emaciation?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency' of which emaciation is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Empty-Heat Caused By Yin Deficiency include night fever.

Read more about Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat emaciation

Why might Sweet Wormwood Herb (Qing Hao) help with emaciation?

Because it is a key herb in Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency' (a pattern with emaciation as a symptom)

Sweet Wormwood Herbs is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Treats malaria. Treats summer Heat and clears symptoms of deficient Heat. Clears Blood Heat and stops bleeding.

Read more about Sweet Wormwood Herbs here

Why might Softshell Turtle Shell (Bie Jia) help with emaciation?

Because it is a key herb in Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency' (a pattern with emaciation as a symptom)

Softshell Turtle Shells is a Neutral herb that tastes Salty. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Nourishes Yin and subdues exuberant Yang. Resolves hardness.

Read more about Softshell Turtle Shells here

Other symptoms often associated with emaciation

Night fever