Forceful but slow movement according to Chinese Medicine

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Forceful but slow movement 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 forceful but slow movement 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 forceful but slow movement is often associated with dampness, loose stools and frequent urination in the pattern “Yin Excess”.

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

We’ve also selected below the four medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat forceful but slow movement.

Yin Excess, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause forceful but slow movement

In Chinese Medicine forceful but slow movement is a symptom for the pattern "Yin Excess". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Water Plantain (Ze Xie) is the king ingredient for Wu Ling San, a formula used for Yin Excess

Yin Excess

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Tight (Jin), Wiry (Xian), Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Excess Yin is a Full Yin state pattern. Its symptoms are like those of the Cold and Damp Heat Pernicious Influences such as Edema. It is a result of over-exposure to cold environments and bad diet.

In addition to forceful but slow movement, other symptoms associated with Yin Excess include dampness, loose stools and frequent urination.

Yin Excess is often treated with Wu Ling San, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Water Plantain - Ze Xie - as a key herb). Wu Ling San belongs to the category of "formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Promotes urination,".

Read more about Yin Excess here

Two herbal formulas that might help with forceful but slow movement

Wu Pi Yin

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Reduces edema, diuretic. Regulates and strengthens Spleen Qi.

Why might Wu Pi Yin help with forceful but slow movement?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Yin Excess' of which forceful but slow movement is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Yin Excess include dampness, loose stools and frequent urination.

Read more about Wu Pi Yin here

Wu Ling San

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Promotes urination,. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Promotes Qi transformation function. Drains Dampness. Clears edema.

Why might Wu Ling San help with forceful but slow movement?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Yin Excess' of which forceful but slow movement is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Yin Excess include dampness, loose stools and frequent urination.

Read more about Wu Ling San here

The four Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat forceful but slow movement

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with forceful but slow movement?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat forceful but slow movement as a symptom, like Wu Pi Yin or Wu Ling San for instance.

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

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 Mulberry Bark (Sang Bai Pi) help with forceful but slow movement?

Because it is a key herb in Wu Pi Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Yin Excess' (a pattern with forceful but slow movement as a symptom)

Mulberry Bark is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears heat from the lung, relieves asthma and induce urination to disperse swelling

Read more about Mulberry Bark here

Why might Water Plantain (Ze Xie) help with forceful but slow movement?

Because it is a key herb in Wu Ling San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Yin Excess' (a pattern with forceful but slow movement as a symptom)

Water Plantain is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Bladder and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Causes urination and removes Damp-Heat

Read more about Water Plantain here

Why might Ginger Peel (Sheng Jiang Pi) help with forceful but slow movement?

Because it is a key herb in Wu Pi Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Yin Excess' (a pattern with forceful but slow movement as a symptom)

Ginger Peel is a Cool herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Promotes urination and reduces edema at its early onset. Disperses the Exterior.

Read more about Ginger Peel here