Feeling of heat according to Chinese Medicine

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Feeling of heat 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 heat 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 heat is often associated with dizziness, insomnia and palpitations in the pattern “Heart Yin Deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record five patterns that can cause feeling of heat.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of feeling of heat 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 feeling of heat.

The five "patterns of disharmony" that can cause feeling of heat

In Chinese Medicine feeling of heat 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.

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

Heart Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

This pattern developed from Heart Blood Deficiency. It shares similar symptoms as the latter one, such as insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, easily to be scared, poor memory and anxiety, but it also has additional empty Heat symptoms. It can be caused by Kidney Yin Deficiency or other factors such as bad diet, overwork or long term exposure to stress or hot environment.

In addition to feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Heart Yin Deficiency include dizziness, insomnia and palpitations.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Heart Yin Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Absence Of Menstruation or Postpartum Depression.

Heart Yin Deficiency is often treated with Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan, a herbal formula made of 14 herbs (including Unprepared Rehmannia - Di Huang - as a key herb). Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nutritive tonic: Nourishes Yin, Blood and Vital Essence of the Heart and Kidney".

Read more about Heart Yin Deficiency here

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

Gallbladder Heat

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

In addition to feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Gallbladder Heat include bitter taste in the mouth, epigastrium fullness and nausea.

Gallbladder Heat is often treated with Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Sweet Wormwood Herbs - Qing Hao - as a key herb). Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Heat and relieves acute conditions of the Gallbladder".

Read more about Gallbladder Heat here

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

Damp-Heat in the Gallbladder

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

In addition to feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Damp-Heat in the Gallbladder include dizziness, irritability and fever.

Damp-Heat in the Gallbladder is often treated with Yin Chen Hao Tang, a herbal formula made of 3 herbs (including Virgate Wormwood - Yin Chen - as a key herb). Yin Chen Hao Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat and expel dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears heat".

Read more about Damp-Heat in the Gallbladder 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 feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Heat in Pericardium include delirium, cold hands and feet and aphasia.

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

Korean Mint (Huo Xiang) is the king ingredient for Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San, a formula used for Damp-Heat

Damp-Heat

Pulse type(s): Soggy (Ru)

In addition to feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Damp-Heat include dizziness, fever and bitter taste in the mouth.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Damp-Heat is associated with health issues such as Menstrual Cramps, Intermenstrual Bleeding or Abnormal Vaginal Discharge.

Damp-Heat is often treated with Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San, a herbal formula made of 11 herbs (including Korean Mint - Huo Xiang - as a key herb). Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San belongs to the category of "formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Releases the Exterior".

Read more about Damp-Heat here

Five herbal formulas that might help with feeling of heat

Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang

Source date: 1742 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi and Blood. Nourishes Yin.

Why might Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang help with feeling of heat?

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

According to Chinese Medicine, Heart Yin Deficiency can contribute to many health issues, including Postpartum Depression.

Read more about Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang here

Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang

Source date: Qing Dynasty

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and relieves acute conditions of the Gallbladder. Relieves acute Damp-Heat syndromes. Resolves Phlegm. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Why might Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang help with feeling of heat?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Gallbladder Heat' of which feeling of heat is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Gallbladder Heat include bitter taste in the mouth, epigastrium fullness and nausea.

Read more about Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang here

Yin Chen Hao Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Clears heat. Resolves dampness. Reduces jaundice.

Why might Yin Chen Hao Tang help with feeling of heat?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat in the Gallbladder' of which feeling of heat is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Damp-Heat In The Gallbladder include dizziness, irritability and fever.

Read more about Yin Chen Hao Tang 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 feeling of heat?

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

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat In Pericardium include delirium, cold hands and feet and aphasia.

Read more about Qing Ying Tang here

Lian Po Yin

Source date: 1862 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.

Why might Lian Po Yin help with feeling of heat?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat' of which feeling of heat is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Damp-Heat include dizziness, fever and bitter taste in the mouth.

Read more about Lian Po Yin here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat feeling of heat

Why might Dong Quai (Dang Gui) help with feeling of heat?

Because Dong Quai is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang or Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan for instance.

Dong Quai is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation.

Read more about Dong Quai here

Why might Crow-Dipper Rhizome (Ban Xia) help with feeling of heat?

Because Crow-Dipper Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San or Lian Po Yin for instance.

Crow-Dipper Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Drains Dampness and reduces Phlegm. Reverses the flow of Rebellious Qi. Reduces hardenings and relieves distention.

Read more about Crow-Dipper Rhizomes here

Why might Cape Jasmine Fruit (Zhi Zi) help with feeling of heat?

Because Cape Jasmine Fruit is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Yin Chen Hao Tang or Lian Po Yin for instance.

Cape Jasmine Fruits is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Heart, the Lung and the Sanjiao.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and calms spirit. Drains Damp-Heat affecting the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears Heat in the Blood and stops bleeding. Anti-inflammatory.

Read more about Cape Jasmine Fruits here

Why might Goldthread Rhizome (Huang Lian) help with feeling of heat?

Because Goldthread Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Lian Po Yin or Qing Ying Tang for instance.

Goldthread Rhizomes is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Lower Burner. Eliminates Fire toxicity especially when there is associated Dampness. Acts as a sedative by eliminating Heart Fire. Eliminates Stomach Fire. Expel parasites

Read more about Goldthread Rhizomes here

Why might Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with feeling of heat?

Because Ginseng is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang or Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan for instance.

Ginseng is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit).

Read more about Ginseng here

Conditions associated with feeling of heat

Postpartum depression