Feeling of heat according to Chinese Medicine

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 insomnia, bitter taste in the mouth and red face in the pattern “Heart Fire blazing”. As you will see below, we have in record four 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 four "patterns of disharmony" that can cause feeling of heat

In Chinese Medicine feeling of heat is a symptom for 4 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 Fire blazing

Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), Rapid (Shu), Full (Shi), Hasty (Cu)

In addition to feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Heart Fire blazing include insomnia, bitter taste in the mouth and red face.

Heart Fire blazing is often treated with Xie Xin Tang, a herbal formula made of 3 herbs (including Rhubarb - Da Huang - as a key herb). Xie Xin Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat and resolve toxicity", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Drains Fire".

Read more about Heart Fire blazing here

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

Damp-Heat in the Stomach

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

In addition to feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Damp-Heat in the Stomach include feeling of heaviness, nausea and dull-yellow complexion.

Damp-Heat in the Stomach is often treated with Lian Po Yin, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Goldthread Rhizomes - Huang Lian - as a key herb). Lian Po Yin 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 Stomach 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 Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Lung Heat

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

In addition to feeling of heat, other symptoms associated with Lung Heat include shortness of breath and high fever.

Lung Heat is often treated with Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Ephedra - Ma Huang - as a key herb). Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat from the organs", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Invigorates Lung Qi".

Read more about Lung Heat here

Five herbal formulas that might help with feeling of heat

Xie Xin Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Drains Fire. Resolves Toxicity. Dries Dampness.

Why might Xie Xin Tang help with feeling of heat?

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

Read more about Xie Xin 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 in the Stomach' of which feeling of heat is a symptom.

Read more about Lian Po Yin 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 alternation of hot and cold feeling is a symptom.

Read more about Yin Chen Hao Tang here

Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Invigorates Lung Qi. Clears Heat. Calms wheezing by directing rebellious Qi downward.

Why might Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang help with feeling of heat?

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

Read more about Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang here

Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan

Source date: 1584 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Phlegm. Directs Rebellious Qi downwards. Stops coughing.

Why might Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan help with feeling of heat?

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

Read more about Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan here

Acupuncture points used for feeling of heat

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

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with feeling of heat?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Liu Yi San or Tiao Wei Cheng Qi 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.

Read more about Liquorice here

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 Xiao Yao San or Xuan Yu Tong Jing Tang for instance.

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

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 White Peony Root (Bai Shao) help with feeling of heat?

Because White Peony Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Xuan Yu Tong Jing Tang or Gui Zhi Tang for instance.

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

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

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with feeling of heat?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Er Chen Tang or Xiao Yao San for instance.

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

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

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here

Why might Mudan Peony Bark (Mu Dan Pi) help with feeling of heat?

Because Mudan Peony Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat as a symptom, like Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San or Qing Re Tiao Xue 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