Feeling of aimlessness according to Chinese Medicine

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Feeling of aimlessness 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 feeling of aimlessness 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 feeling of aimlessness is often associated with scanty periods, blurred vision and dizziness in the pattern “Liver Blood Deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause feeling of aimlessness.

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

We’ve also selected below the two medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat feeling of aimlessness.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause feeling of aimlessness

In Chinese Medicine feeling of aimlessness is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

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

Liver Blood Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale

The Liver stores Blood, that is the reason any Blood Deficiency often involves the Liver. This pattern has an impact on areas the Liver relates to, such as the tendons, eyes, nails and menstruation. It arises from the same causes of general Blood Deficiency, such as poor diet, hemorrhages or Kidney Qi or Essence Deficiency.

In addition to feeling of aimlessness, other symptoms associated with Liver Blood Deficiency include scanty periods, blurred vision and dizziness.

Liver Blood Deficiency is often treated with Si Wu Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Si Wu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify blood", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Restores and nourishes Blood".

Read more about Liver Blood Deficiency here

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

Liver Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red points on the sides

This is a type of empty Fire pattern arising out of Liver Blood Deficiency or Kidney Yin Deficiency. It shares similar symptoms as Liver Blood Deficiency, but with extra signs of Dryness and Yin-Deficient Heat. It can be caused by excessive activity, overwork, 'burning the candle at both ends' without sufficient rest, and poor and irregular diet.

In addition to feeling of aimlessness, other symptoms associated with Liver Yin Deficiency include scanty periods, blurred vision and dizziness.

Liver Yin Deficiency is often treated with Qi Ju Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Qi Ju 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: "Nourishes Kidney and Liver Yin".

Read more about Liver Yin Deficiency here

Two herbal formulas that might help with feeling of aimlessness

Si Wu Tang

Source date: 846 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.

Why might Si Wu Tang help with feeling of aimlessness?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Liver Blood Deficiency' of which feeling of aimlessness is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Liver Blood Deficiency include scanty periods, blurred vision and dizziness.

Read more about Si Wu Tang here

Qi Ju Di Huang Wan

Source date: 1350 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Kidney and Liver Yin. Improves vision.

Why might Qi Ju Di Huang Wan help with feeling of aimlessness?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Liver Yin Deficiency' of which feeling of aimlessness is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Liver Yin Deficiency include scanty periods, blurred vision and dizziness.

Read more about Qi Ju Di Huang Wan here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat feeling of aimlessness

Why might Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) help with feeling of aimlessness?

Because Prepared Rehmannia is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of aimlessness as a symptom, like Si Wu Tang or Qi Ju Di Huang Wan for instance.

Prepared Rehmannia is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Tonifies the Yin of the Kidneys.

Read more about Prepared Rehmannia here

Why might White Peony Root (Bai Shao) help with feeling of aimlessness?

Because it is a key herb in Si Wu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Liver Blood Deficiency' (a pattern with feeling of aimlessness as a symptom)

White Peony Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sour. It targets the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood and preserves the Yin. Nourishes the Liver and assists in the smooth flow of Qi. Regulates the meridians and eases the pain.

Read more about White Peony Roots here