High temperature according to Chinese Medicine

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High temperature 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 high temperature 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 high temperature is often associated with dizziness, convulsions and paralysis in the pattern “Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of high temperature 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 high temperature.

Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause high temperature

In Chinese Medicine high temperature is a symptom for the pattern "Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian), Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Thick coating, Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Tongue shape: Stiff

The invasion of Exterior Wind-Heat leads to this pattern and it then transforms to Interior Wind and Heat.

In addition to high temperature, other symptoms associated with Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat include dizziness, convulsions and paralysis.

Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat is often treated with Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin, a herbal formula made of 11 herbs (including Gastrodia Rhizomes - Tian Ma - as a key herb). Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin belongs to the category of "formulas that pacify and extinguish internal wind", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Calms the Liver".

Read more about Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat here

Two herbal formulas that might help with high temperature

Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin

Source date: 1958 AD

Number of ingredients: 11 herbs

Key actions: Calms the Liver. Extinguishes wind. Invigorates the blood. Clears heat. Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys.

Why might Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin help with high temperature?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat' of which high temperature is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Liver Wind Agitating Internally Due To Extreme Heat include dizziness, convulsions and paralysis.

Read more about Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin here

Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang

Source date: Qing dynasty

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Cools the Liver. Extinguishes Wind. Increases Fluids. Relaxes the sinews.

Why might Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang help with high temperature?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat' of which high temperature is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Liver Wind Agitating Internally Due To Extreme Heat include dizziness, convulsions and paralysis.

Read more about Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang here

The four Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat high temperature

Why might Gambir Stem And Thorn (Gou Teng) help with high temperature?

Because Gambir Stem And Thorn is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat high temperature as a symptom, like Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin or Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang for instance.

Gambir Stems And Thorns is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Calms Liver Wind and relieves spasms. Clears Liver Heat and sedates Liver Yang.

Read more about Gambir Stems And Thorns here

Why might Host-Wood Poria (Fu Shen) help with high temperature?

Because Host-Wood Poria is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat high temperature as a symptom, like Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin or Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang for instance.

Host-Wood Poria is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Heart.

Its main actions are: Calms the Mind (Shen) and promote urination.

Read more about Host-Wood Poria here

Why might Gastrodia Rhizome (Tian Ma) help with high temperature?

Because it is a key herb in Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat' (a pattern with high temperature as a symptom)

Gastrodia Rhizomes is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Liver.

Its main actions are: Calms Liver Wind. Sedates Liver Yang and relieves convulsions. Relieves Wind and stops pain.

Read more about Gastrodia Rhizomes here

Why might Saiga Antelope's Horn (Ling Yang Jiao) help with high temperature?

Because it is a key herb in Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat' (a pattern with high temperature as a symptom)

Saiga Antelope's Horns is a Cold herb that tastes Salty. It targets the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Clears Internal Liver Wind, subdues Yang. Clears Liver Fire and brightens the eyes. Eliminates toxins and reduces fever.

Read more about Saiga Antelope's Horns here

Other symptoms often associated with high temperature

Dizziness Convulsions Paralysis Stiff neck Coma