Feeling of heat in the afternoon

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Feeling of heat in the afternoon 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 in the afternoon 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 in the afternoon is often associated with insomnia, dry mouth and hot palms and soles in the pattern “Lung Yin Deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record four patterns that can cause feeling of heat in the afternoon.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of feeling of heat in the afternoon we’ve identified four 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 in the afternoon.

The four "patterns of disharmony" that can cause feeling of heat in the afternoon

In Chinese Medicine feeling of heat in the afternoon 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 Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Lung Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Exterior Heat and Dryness invades the Lungs and exhausts the Body Fluids. It eventually leads to Lung Yin Deficiency, if not intervened for a long time.

In addition to feeling of heat in the afternoon, other symptoms associated with Lung Yin Deficiency include insomnia, dry mouth and hot palms and soles.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Lung Yin Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Absence Of Menstruation.

Lung Yin Deficiency is often treated with Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Unprepared Rehmannia - Di Huang - as a key herb). Yang Yin Qing Fei 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 Yin".

Read more about Lung 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 feeling of heat in the afternoon, other symptoms associated with Stomach Yin Deficiency include dry mouth, hot palms and soles and dry stools.

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

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 feeling of heat in the afternoon, other symptoms associated with Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency include insomnia, dry mouth and hot palms and soles.

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

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

In addition to feeling of heat in the afternoon, other symptoms associated with Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency include insomnia, dry mouth and hot palms and soles.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Absence Of Menstruation, Menopausal Syndrome or Vaginal Itching.

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

Read more about Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency here

Four herbal formulas that might help with feeling of heat in the afternoon

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 feeling of heat in the afternoon?

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

Other symptoms characteristic of Lung Yin Deficiency include insomnia, dry mouth and hot palms and soles.

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 feeling of heat in the afternoon?

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

Other symptoms characteristic of Stomach Yin Deficiency include dry mouth, hot palms and soles and dry stools.

Read more about Yi Wei Tang 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 feeling of heat in the afternoon?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency' of which feeling of heat in the afternoon is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Empty-Heat Or Fire Caused By Yin Deficiency include insomnia, dry mouth and hot palms and soles.

Read more about Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang here

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 feeling of heat in the afternoon?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency' of which feeling of heat in the afternoon is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency can contribute to many health issues, including Vaginal Itching.

Read more about Liu Wei Di Huang Wan here

Acupuncture points used for feeling of heat in the afternoon

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

Why might Dwarf Lilyturf Root (Mai Dong) help with feeling of heat in the afternoon?

Because Dwarf Lilyturf Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat in the afternoon 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

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

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat in the afternoon 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.

Read more about Liquorice here

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

Because Mudan Peony Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat in the afternoon as a symptom, like Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang or Liu Wei Di Huang Wan 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 Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with feeling of heat in the afternoon?

Because Ginseng is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat in the afternoon as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Mai Men Dong Tang for instance.

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

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

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

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of heat in the afternoon as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Liu Wei Di Huang Wan 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

Conditions associated with feeling of heat in the afternoon

Vaginal itching

Other symptoms often associated with feeling of heat in the afternoon

Insomnia Dry mouth Hot palms and soles Dizziness Tinnitus Night sweats Dry stools Malar flush Dry throat Excessive sexual desire