General sensation of unease according to Chinese Medicine

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General sensation of unease 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 general sensation of unease 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 general sensation of unease is often associated with palpitations, insomnia and dream disturbed sleep in the pattern “Heart Yin Deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause general sensation of unease.

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

We’ve also selected below the three medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat general sensation of unease.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause general sensation of unease

In Chinese Medicine general sensation of unease 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 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 general sensation of unease, other symptoms associated with Heart Yin Deficiency include palpitations, insomnia and dream disturbed sleep.

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

Heat invading the Pericardium

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

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

In addition to general sensation of unease, other symptoms associated with Heat invading the Pericardium include fever, irritability and delirious speech.

Heat invading the Pericardium is often treated with Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Ox Gallstones - Niu Huang - as a key herb). Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat and open sensory orifices", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity".

Read more about Heat invading the Pericardium here

Two herbal formulas that might help with general sensation of unease

Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Source date: 1568 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity. Calms the Mind. Opens up the Orifices.

Why might Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan help with general sensation of unease?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat invading the Pericardium' of which general sensation of unease is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat Invading The Pericardium include fever, irritability and delirious speech.

Read more about Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan here

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

Source date: 16th century

Number of ingredients: 14 herbs

Key actions: Nutritive tonic: Nourishes Yin, Blood and Vital Essence of the Heart and Kidney. Clears away pathogenic Heat, clears Deficient Heat. Sedative.

Why might Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan help with general sensation of unease?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heart Yin Deficiency' of which general sensation of unease is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heart Yin Deficiency include palpitations, insomnia and dream disturbed sleep.

Read more about Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan here

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat general sensation of unease

Why might Cinnabar (Zhu Sha) help with general sensation of unease?

Because Cinnabar is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat general sensation of unease as a symptom, like Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan or Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan for instance.

Cinnabar is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart.

Its main actions are: Calms the spirit and Heart. Stops convulsions. Clears Heat and toxins.

Read more about Cinnabar here

Why might Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) help with general sensation of unease?

Because it is a key herb in Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heart Yin Deficiency' (a pattern with general sensation of unease as a symptom)

Unprepared Rehmannia is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Heat by Cooling Blood. Tonifies Yin by promoting Fluid production. Soothes the Heart by calming Blazing Fire. Cools and nourishes.

Read more about Unprepared Rehmannia here

Why might Ox Gallstone (Niu Huang) help with general sensation of unease?

Because it is a key herb in Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heat invading the Pericardium' (a pattern with general sensation of unease as a symptom)

Ox Gallstones is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and Detoxifies. Calms Liver-Wind. As an aromatic it opens the cavities to expel phlegm.

Read more about Ox Gallstones here

Other symptoms often associated with general sensation of unease

Palpitations Insomnia Dream disturbed sleep Easily scared Anxiety Malar flush Poor memory Dry mouth Dry throat Night sweats