Hungry but no desire to eat according to Chinese Medicine

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Hungry but no desire to eat 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 hungry but no desire to eat 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 hungry but no desire to eat is often associated with feeling of energy rising to the chest, cold limbs and diarrhea in the pattern “Terminal Yin stage”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of hungry but no desire to eat we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Wu Mei Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Terminal Yin stage, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause hungry but no desire to eat

In Chinese Medicine hungry but no desire to eat is a symptom for the pattern "Terminal Yin stage". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Chinese Plums (Wu Mei) is the king ingredient for Wu Mei Wan, a formula used for Terminal Yin stage

Terminal Yin stage

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

In addition to hungry but no desire to eat, other symptoms associated with Terminal Yin stage include feeling of energy rising to the chest, cold limbs and diarrhea.

Terminal Yin stage is often treated with Wu Mei Wan, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Chinese Plums - Wu Mei - as a key herb). Wu Mei Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that expel parasites", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms the Organs".

Read more about Terminal Yin stage here

A herbal formula that might help with hungry but no desire to eat

Wu Mei Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Organs. Drains Heat. Calms roundworms. Drains the Liver. Calms the Stomach.

Why might Wu Mei Wan help with hungry but no desire to eat?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Terminal Yin stage' of which hungry but no desire to eat is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Terminal Yin Stage include feeling of energy rising to the chest, cold limbs and diarrhea.

Read more about Wu Mei Wan here

Chinese plum might help with hungry but no desire to eat

Why might Chinese Plum (Wu Mei) help with hungry but no desire to eat?

Because it is a key herb in Wu Mei Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Terminal Yin stage' (a pattern with hungry but no desire to eat as a symptom)

Chinese Plums is a Neutral herb that tastes Sour. It targets the Spleen, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Stabilizes Lung Qi and stops cough. Stops diarrhea. Retains Bodily Fluids and encourages their production. Expels parasites and relieves vomiting.

Read more about Chinese Plums here

Other symptoms often associated with hungry but no desire to eat

Feeling of energy rising to the chest Cold limbs Diarrhea Vomiting Vomiting of roundworms