Generalized twitching according to Chinese Medicine

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Generalized twitching 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 generalized twitching 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 generalized twitching is often associated with dizziness, sweating that doesnt reduce fever and palpitations in the epigastrium in the pattern “Exterior Cold invading the Interior”.

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

We’ve also selected below the one medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat generalized twitching.

Exterior Cold invading the Interior, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause generalized twitching

In Chinese Medicine generalized twitching is a symptom for the pattern "Exterior Cold invading the Interior". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Exterior Cold invading the Interior

Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

In addition to generalized twitching, other symptoms associated with Exterior Cold invading the Interior include dizziness, sweating that doesnt reduce fever and palpitations in the epigastrium.

Exterior Cold invading the Interior is often treated with Da Huang Fu Zi Tang, a herbal formula made of 3 herbs (including Prepared Aconite - Zhi Fu Zi - as a key herb). Da Huang Fu Zi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm and purge", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms the Interior".

Read more about Exterior Cold invading the Interior here

Two herbal formulas that might help with generalized twitching

Da Huang Fu Zi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Interior. Disperses Cold. Unblocks the bowels. Alleviates pain.

Why might Da Huang Fu Zi Tang help with generalized twitching?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Exterior Cold invading the Interior' of which generalized twitching is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Exterior Cold Invading The Interior include dizziness, sweating that doesnt reduce fever and palpitations in the epigastrium.

Read more about Da Huang Fu Zi Tang here

Zhen Wu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys. Eliminates Dampness.

Why might Zhen Wu Tang help with generalized twitching?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Exterior Cold invading the Interior' of which generalized twitching is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Exterior Cold Invading The Interior include dizziness, sweating that doesnt reduce fever and palpitations in the epigastrium.

Read more about Zhen Wu Tang here

Prepared aconite might help with generalized twitching

Why might Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) help with generalized twitching?

Because Prepared Aconite is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat generalized twitching as a symptom, like Da Huang Fu Zi Tang or Zhen Wu Tang for instance.

Prepared Aconite is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Raises the collapse of Yang. Warms the meridians and relieves pain caused by Cold. Reduces Damp caused by Deficiency in Yang.

Read more about Prepared Aconite here