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Impaired consciousness 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 impaired consciousness 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 impaired consciousness is often associated with fever, irritability and general sensation of unease in the pattern “Heat invading the Pericardium”.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of impaired consciousness we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine impaired consciousness is a symptom for the pattern "Heat invading the Pericardium". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.
The Pericardium is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Pericardium in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian), Fine (Xi)
Tongue color: Reddish-Purple
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".
Source date: 1568 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity. Calms the Mind. Opens up the Orifices.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat invading the Pericardium' of which impaired consciousness is a symptom.
Its main actions are: Clears Heat and Detoxifies. Calms Liver-Wind. As an aromatic it opens the cavities to expel phlegm.